|Project by Exuma||posted 12-26-2011 09:33 PM||1521 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
A week ago I realized that I had yet to do something for my mother’s christmas gift and the only thing I could think of that was different from my past gifts was a box. I had never done a box before so this was my first ever attempt.
The wood used is native Brasiletto that I ripped down into 2 1/2” x 1/2” planks on my old craftsman table saw (extremely dangerous but I can’t afford a band saw right now)
For binding the planks together I used glue and poplar dowels (I have no drill press either so I had to drill all the holes using a cordless drill)
I had originally intended for the corners to be mitered but for some reason it just wasn’t working out as I had hoped and then I screwed up and mistakenly cut one of my planks too short. As a result I decided to do an old box joint, which was cut out using a combination of coping saw, dremel and chisel. when this was all done I cut a piece of 3/8” plywood and notched out a grove on the inside of each piece before slamming them all together, squaring up and clamping with my band clamp.
the finished profuct was sanded with the r/o using 100, then hand sanded using 220, 360 and wet sanding with 480, 600 and finally 2000. I let it dry out for a few hours and then wiped on my favourite tung oil finish from minwax
When it came time to think about hinges I knew that I couldnt use any of the hinges that I used in my shop since they were too big for the 3/8” top, so I recycled an old leather belt for the hinges and secured it using copper tack nails.
The final dimensions are 11 7/8” x 15” x 5 1/8”