|Project by Mary Anne||posted 02-22-2010 05:04 AM||1856 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
I have been wanting to make a box since the first day I discovered Lumberjocks and oohed and ahhhed over the many amazing and beautiful boxes posted here. I was inspired and a little bit intimidated by your skills. I made several false starts out of scrap cedar T&G from the room addition I am working on. They all landed in the fireplace and helped keep me warm this winter.
The only thing to do was take out some of my “good wood” that I’ve been hoarding and throw myself in the deep end and see what happened. This is the result I ended up with today. It is bloodwood with a curly maple top and hard maple splines. I’m pretty proud of it. It doesn’t look too bad for a first go. Still, it is a good thing I am sentimental about my “firsts” and will be keeping it for myself. There are too many flaws (lessons learned) to even think of giving it away.
The most difficult thing (or most obvious flaw), once I got going, was the hinges. I used Doug Stowe’s foolproof method. I guess this proves I am not a fool because I sure did make a mess of those mortises! Everything worked great every time I tried it on scrap pieces, but when it came to the real thing, everything went wrong. Twice! The bottom isn’t bad, but my stop block moved when I did the top the first time. I cleverly took the top back to the table saw and trimmed it so I could give it another shot. I cranked the clamps tight on the stop blocks and was prepared for perfection, but the shop gremlins loosened the fence on my router table while my back was turned. There is no more room for trimming it back again so I’ll get to live with the reminder. By the way, any suggestions how to remove tiny brass screws that have broken off?
Oh, don’t even ask about the finish… I had to sand it off three times before I was happy with the end result. The maple used to have a nice little chamfer. I tried a different finish each time. Sanding and finishing flat work is much more difficult than having a spinning lathe do most of the work. I do love the chatoyance in both woods, though, especially the bloodwood.
Any tips or suggestions for improvements on my next one(s) are welcomed and appreciated. Be gentle, it’s my first time. ;)