|Project by sdsteve01||posted 04-16-2012 06:40 AM||1286 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Well here it is, so far my signature piece.
I’m pretty happy with it, but…
I am still very much learning the craft of fine woodworking. I have had a nice little shop for a little over a year, but had been concentrating on projects made only with machines. My wife gave me the Paul sellars book/dvd package for christmas, and thats when the real fun started! After gearing up with a couple thousand dollars worth of new hand tools, I set about making the projects in the book, with varying degrees of success.
I graduated (LOL) to boxes, and I’ve made a few now. Most of them were my own design.
This particular box ended up ok. It could have been nicer, but it was lots of fun, and I learned a lot. Isn’t that the point?
My once pristine hand cut dovetails deteriorated significantly each time I dry assembled the box, and that was several times. So I ended up with a fair bit of epoxy in the external joinery. All the dividers are set in hand cut dados. My future boxes will have just glued in dividers. As careful as I was I still ended up a touch out of square here and there.
I also wish I would have recessed the hinges. But as it is, with panels so thin, the screws still came through to the inside.
I sanded the whole box through to 320. I finished the insides before final assembly, because I knew it would have been impossible once the box was together.
The finish, inside and out, is one coat of shellac, then sanded to 400.
-- Jesus was the original carpenter...that never scabbed on IRONWOKERS