|Project by lumberjoe||posted 07-25-2012 10:00 PM||2420 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
First off, Huge thanks to boxguy. He gave me so much good advice I feel like I owe him money. With that said, there are a lot of mistakes.
This is made from some really curly oak I had.
It’s 10”x12” and about 3” tall.
It is mitered and splined. The splines are spalted maple, although the “splating” just looks like defects
Every edge but the front (supposed to be the back) is rounded over.
Things I like:
1 The top! I think I did a great job matching up the grain on this beautiful wood
2 The finish. It came out great. Danish oil. the last 3 coats applied using 1000 grit wet sandpaper to seal off the pours in the oak a bit. There is also 3 coats of wax applied with steel wool and buffed out with lambs wool.
3 The overall dimensions and fit. The top is even to the sides and back
Thinks I don’t like:
1. I suck at miters. The corners are terrible
2. Poor choice for a spline wood. Next time I will use something darker or lighter
3. The hinges. I wanted to use barrel hinges, but because the miters are terrible, I didn’t feel like spending 15$ on hinges for this box.
4. I chopped the hinges on the front of the box, not the back. So now the back is the front. Also. I LOVE those wood river chisels. They impress me every time I use them.
I will use it to store my chisels.
This represents a lot of firsts for me:
First Mitered box
First ever attempt at splines (I posted the spline jig I made)
First rabbeted bottom
First time I assembled the whole box and cut the top off.
I’ve found my router came in really handy. I used a flush trim bit to even up the top after it glued. I also used to to trim down the splines after the glue set, and of course for the round over.
It was a good effort, but riddled with mistakes. I can’t wait to start on the next one though! My only regret was cutting into this curly oak. The good thing is there is plenty more at the Mill. Overall I can’t complain too much. This was pretty ambitious for me and I almost pulled it off