|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 2515 days ago||1676 views||0 times favorited||24 comments|
Well here it is—the Box!!
Again, this was a process of learning, having never attempted anything like this before. I am open to any helpful hints for my next effort.
Rick provided me with some rough cut circles, cut out of scraps of wood we had lying around. Some of it is plywood, some cedar, and some .. hmm. pine I guess.
I then used the Dremel Scrollsaw to cut the heart shapes out of the centres —including the botttom (sheesh) and so Rick found another piece of scrap material to cut me another circle for the bottom.
I then glued the circles together. I thought I had the circles layered alternately but when it came out of the gluing clamps I saw that some little wood elves had switched the layers on me! The little devils.
I then sanded, sanded, sanded and sanded some more. My options for grit at this moment is whatever is on the sander and a 320 grit. So that’s what I used. I then gave it a coat of some wood stain that I had lying around and did some more sanding.
Next came the lid: using my little $1 store chisels I cut out an area for the leather to fit into (which was stuffed with some cotton balls for padding). I then glued the two pieces of lid together with the leather wedged between.
When this was all dried and I had sanded the box one more time, I gave it a little coat of some finishing oil that I had bought for my kitchen wooden spoon and then I attached the lid.
I had wanted to use some dowelling that we had but it was too large for this little box so until I get my hands on some smaller dowelling I have attached the lid with a screw. My goal is to glue the dowel into the lid and just let it sit in the bottom—I want the lid to swivel for access but be able to be removed if so desired.
I finished the project (to this stage) yesterday just in time to give it to my daughter as a little celebration gift—she just got a permanent contract with the school board. (Her foot is now officially in the door and she is thrilled).
What were my daughter’s comments?? ”This is beautiful—it’s so smooth!!”
Well that’s not a bad response for my first real woodworking project. Yup, not bad at all.
Ok… now, what are the tips and tricks for next time?
UPDATE: November, 2010
We are now pretending that some grease is stored inside this box (that is no longer in my possession) ... As a “grease box” I am now an official member of the Grease box owners club.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)