|Project by Nick_R||posted 10-03-2012 08:26 PM||746 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
So I was feeling very confident about my skills and decided to build my 83 year old Dad a flag box for his birthday. I wanted to use some Walnut I had but it was only 3/8 thick and probably not long enough.. I know! I will use some Bloodwood I have used it for turning projects and the finish is great. It will also make it unique.
Step one: Bought the wood at WoodCraft. $14 a BF and I had to resaw it to size and width
Mistake one: Bought the wood at WoodCraft. $14 a BF and I had to resaw it to size and width
Step Two: Make the box the right size for the flag my Dad has that my brother gave to him before he died.
Mistake two: Did not have flag in hand when dimensioning the box.
Step Three: Resize box and boards that you made for a much bigger flag..
Mistake Three: Resize the box more than once forgetting about the draw face and how it will fit.
Step Four: Assemble box and glue plus screws and a few brads
Mistake Four: Bloodwood is HARD. It must be drilled and countersunk to the precise size of the screw or else it CRACKS. Brads must also me drilled or it shatters.
Step Five: Buy another smaller piece of wood from WoodCraft.
Mistake Five: Pay through the nose for wood from WoodCraft that twists and cracks when you cut it.
Lumber Jocks offered great advice to me from this post regarding Bloodwood. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/41970
Step Six: Spend days making up for mistakes.. Some cannot bme fixed but rather covered.
I think the box came out OK. My dad wanted a drawer in the pedestal so I can put some ashes in there when he “goes”. I am not happy with how the draw side is not hidden and that is the biggest mistake yet. I might make a piece of veneer to see if looks better.
The yellow streak that showed up in the picture is not on the flag box.. Reflection I guess.
Overall I like it.. I will not use Bloodwood again for a project like this.. Very hard to work with and it seriously dulled all my blades and tools.
Constructive criticism appreciated.
-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.