|Project by ColonelTravis||posted 02-21-2017 02:16 AM||547 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
While back was with my mom somewhere and she saw a box she liked and thought about buying it. It was about $150 and the finish on the inside had white powder all over it, like they’d sanded shellac but never bothered to get the dust out of the pores. Was kind of surprised it was for sale in such a condition. I said – don’t buy that, I’ll make a better one. However, I’d never made a box before. And I use mostly hand tools, so that was going to make it even more of a challenge because the model box wasn’t dovetailed it was mitered with splines, and I had no shooting board for wide miters.
I like the top of mine better than the one that was for sale, but (other than the finish on the inside) the craftsmanship on the one we saw was pretty darn good. However, if you can’t finish well, you’ve screwed your end result. Mine came out OK, I’m still not proficient with shellac, which is what I used for the finish. Lots of room for improvement in all other areas, too. I believe the model for mine was called a candle box, it’s about 15 inches long, 8 inches wide and 6 inches tall.
The only reason I’m posting this project is not to boast about the box, which came out not bad although it has some flaws I wish I could have overcome (live and learn), but to encourage someone who’s never done it and hesitant about it to just go ahead and do it to get an accomplishment under your belt. If you don’t have a table saw, there’s no excuse. You can still make a box.
Walnut top and sides, cherry bottom, ebony splines, shellac finish. Never worked with ebony before. Geez, what a pain that stuff can be because it’s so brittle.
Only electricity used was a bandsaw to rip the wood to approximate width. Otherwise it was bench/block/plow/router/molding planes, chisels, card scraper, hand saw and a decent amount of cursing. No blood spilled, I think that’s a first.