|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 10-08-2011 04:37 PM||1475 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
At a yard sale I noticed a dovetailed pine box. It had no lid and a badly fitting bottom, and the woman holding the sale gave it to me. Then she told me she had dovetailed it by hand(the last photo shows them nicely). After I got it back to the workshop I thought about how it might be used and I decided to turn it into a fire starting box for my wife’s wonderful mother, DeAnna, and her just as wonderful husband, Ralph.
I made a top out of a maple drawer front from a repurposed chest of drawers, and glued it to the box. When the glue dried I cut the lid from the box. Then, refitted the bottom, rounded all the edges and corners, sanded to 180. I gave it a coat of Watco oil in walnut. I let the oil cure for three days then sprayed on several coats of clear gloss Helmsman varnish. Then, I added a handle, hinges and a draw clasp.
To facilitate fire starting I put in a box of wooden matches, a lighter, and a dozen “cupcakes,” made by mixing melted paraffin with saw dust, and putting globs of the mix into a paper baking cups in a muffin pan. These light very easily, and when my wife and kids and I tested them out they burned for about 45 minutes.
I figured it was good new use for a wooden box having a lot of value added in those dovetails.