|Project by skeemer||posted 02-24-2012 09:41 PM||2579 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
So, after over a month of work, I’ve finally finished my first project. It took over a month due to the weather + school + new house which limited my time to short periods once or twice a week. Combine that with learning how to use a table saw, cleaning/sharpening/tuning my first jack plane, and learning how to chisel, it took some time, but I’m finally done!
My chiseling skill definitely needs some improvement which you can see in the second picture, but I’ll get there. You can see a little of the glue squeeze out that I wasn’t able to remove in various places (lesson learned about letting it dry). It isn’t nearly as apparent in reality as it looks in the photo, fortunately. Unfortunately, the box did not come out quite square. It was square during my clamping dry run, but must have shifted a bit during glue up and is around 88-89 degrees. I do plan to redo this with a nicer wood once my skills are improved. This was all made from a single 1×8 from Home Depot and finished with 4 coats of Salad Bowl Finish. You can see in the last picture the upgrade from the cheap old one we still had from my bachelor days, which did not fit the knives from our silverware set we received for the wedding last year.
On a side note, after seeing that I am actually capable of creating something that didn’t look Homer Simpson built, my wife has begun brainstorming projects for me to do now. Next up is a set of shelves to store all the paint we’re using in the new house, and then a shoe organizer for the foyer closet. I’m also planning to make her a cedar box for her birthday in April.