|Project by JWF||posted 09-08-2011 08:57 AM||1870 views||14 times favorited||10 comments|
Made this for a birthday present for my sister-in-law. To give credit where credit is due, the inspiration comes from http://lumberjocks.com/projects/1927
Materials are mahogany and walnut. Construction was pretty straightforward. I hogged most of the waste out with a forstner bit then cleaned up the inside on the router table (can you call a chunk of 3/4” MDF on a Workmate a table?). Since there was very little glue area between the body and the end pieces I added two 1/8” dowel pins on either end to help strengthen the joints. The lid pivots on 6d nail shanks. I cut the heads off the nails and used cyanoacrylate glue to glue them into the lid. One benefit of this el cheapo method was that I was able to use the nail points to mark the location to drill the pivot holes in the end pieces. Finish is multiple coats of garnet shellac rubbed out with 0000 steel wool.
Valuable lesson learned on this project: think about finishing before you glue the project up. I had to fight with the shellac pooling on the sharp corners and sanding one area without damaging another was a pain in the you know where.