|Project by Mosquito||posted 12-23-2012 04:33 PM||1273 views||1 time favorited||17 comments|
This box is going to be a Christmas gift for my girlfriend.
It represents a couple of “firsts” for me.
It’s the first time I’ve made a hinged box (or box, for that matter).
First time using my new Stanley #46 irons for a project.
First time mortising hinges.
The first time I’ve ever tried half blind dovetails.
The dovetails aren’t perfect. There’s some gaps in places, but for a first attempt, I’m happy with them.
The box front and back are 3/4” mahogany, as is the bottom. The bottom has 4 rabbets all the way around to sit into the box. The sides are 1/2” red oak. The inside is lined with 1/4” hard maple.
The lid is mahogany, padauk, and curly maple.
It’s 7 1/8” square, and 4 1/2” tall.
The finish is 1 coat of Zinsser SealCoat, 2 coats of Zinsser clear shellac, both applied with cotton rags, wiped on. I finished it off with paste wax applied with #0000 steel wool, and buffed with a cotton rag.
This one was 100% done with hand tools. I even got to use my eggbeater drill for the pilot holes for the hinge screws :-)
Thanks for checking it out.
Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays :-)