|Project by DaveLeHardt||posted 01-02-2011 02:58 AM||1285 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
My wife’s collection of paint pens was outgrowing the cigar box she had them in so she requested a new one. With as simple and nice looking as the joinery was on the my bench drawers was, I tried it again here. Just a simple box made from home store pine. I was able to knock this out in a couple of days, which is one of the many first for this fledgling woodworker. Others include:
- offsetting the top and bottom with a dado and rabbet
- decent results from a water based stain (this is one of Tina’s favorite colors…)
- using an inlay template to create the relief hearts
- cutting the lid from the box
- chiseling in the hinge mortises
She loves it, but there’s still a few things I will do differently next time:
- mark the front of the box before I cut it (the lid is on backwards – DOH!)
- measure after each cut on the hinge mortises (had to shim them to make it fit and close properly)
I was nervous as hell at each new step of the process but elated when it worked out like I was relieved, elated, and felt a big boost in my confidence, and I learned something new from my mistakes. And isn’t that what it’s all about, enjoying and learning as you go?
-- What? Me worry?!