|Project by snewOevaD||posted 04-08-2012 05:36 PM||1770 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
These boxes are the second boxes I’ve made. I think the wood is Douglas Fir, but I’m not 100% sure. It was reclaimed out of an old Methodist church, and is over 100 years old. It got pulled out, left in it’s 22 foot long by 3-1/4 inch by 13-1/2 dimensions and sat outside for a while. I saw the add on craig’s list and had to have some.
The dovetailed corners were done using a Rockler jig. I learned that these softwoods REALLY like to chip out, and so I had to adjust the way I was doing a lot of things. They were the first dovetail joints on this jig, and I’m fairly pleased with it’s performance. the only other dovetail joints I’ve ever tried were using a mixture of hand tools and a band saw(that wasn’t set up properly). I don’t have enough patience to make dozens and dozens of dovetails by hand before I start getting good enough to want to use them in a project and actually let another human being see them.
The Lids started out a little thicker than the sides, then I Rabbeted the edges so they would fit the boxes. Before finishing, I was a little concerned with the cracks, so I filled them with epoxy. The edge is an Ogee bit on the Router table, and the handles use the same Ogee just upside down.
The nail holes and cracks are filled with a Dark Walnut Filler. The finish is Danish Oil in Fruitwood, and then after about 4 days of drying, about 4 coats of wipe on Poly. The Fruitwood color didn’t change the color too much, just brought out the red/orange that is already in the wood. I think that the boxes will darken up a bit with age, because the boards that I have planed have already darkened a little after just a couple months.