|Project by Minion||posted 01-31-2012 11:11 PM||3511 views||21 times favorited||33 comments|
This box is for my Grandfather for Christmas. It is a little late, but it took a little more time than anticipated, and I don’t think he’ll regret waiting an extra month. It is supposed to be a tackle box, for some of his more treasured fishing equipment that he may or may not use anymore, but certainly wants to take care of, which I know he has a lot of. This is also a project that I did to see how far I could go with my new router table equipped with an INCRA LS positioner fence. I also wanted to see how far I could push my own limits in designing and building decorative boxes. This one doesn’t have to many twists and turns, but it is by far the best thing I have ever produced.
I started by designing the entire project in 3D using Autodesk Inventor, student version of coarse. Down to the base, I measured carefully and made sure that all of the pieces aligned perfectly. Then from that I developed a drawing of the box…just the box structure. I knew that far enough down the road, I would be throwing dimensions out the window, so I stuck to getting the dimensions of the box as true as I could, and from there, I eyeballed cuts, making them an eighth too big purposely, then trimming down slowly. Sure enough, if I had used dimensions solely, there would have been some tight fits, and really loose ones.
That’s not to say that there aren’t some issues with the box. You might have noticed a gouge in the top where the panel meets the rail…that’s just laziness at the router table. The quadrant hinges were definitely a lesson in patience, and while I plan to use them again, I will certainly take my time, and not expect it to be a quick installation.
The double dovetail drawer guides turned out exceptionally, and if I had access to a surface planer, probably would be even better. I made sure to use quartersawn wood for the glides, and all of the sides of the drawer, excluding the back where expansion won’t be as big of an issue.
Overall, I am extremely happy with it, and can’t wait to implement several improvements I have been thinking of already for the next one!