|Project by nobuckle||posted 03-10-2013 04:20 AM||2260 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Yeah I know, it”s just a box. To me it means a great deal more than that. This is the first project I’ve completed where nothing but hand tools were used.
Firsts for me include;
-Planing everything to thickness using a scrub plane and my jack plane
-Creating the dovetail joints
-Creating the 1/4” rabbets in the box bottom to allow it to recess into the box
When it came time to do the dovetails I was extremely methodical. All in all it took me about 4 hours to create the tails and pins. I know that time will decrease as I become more proficient at creating dovetail joints.
I originally wanted to create the 1/4” deep rabbets using a chisel plane that I made, but that didn’t work out very well. I went with a chisel and mallet instead. The picture that shows the inside reveals some of the flaws made during the chiseling process.
I can’t stress enough the importance of a knife line. It’s amazing how clearly a knife line can be seen as you get close to bringing the material to final thickness or width. I learned I could create consistent results as long as didn’t cut past my knife line. Also, if you do not have a bench hook or a shooting board let me say that there is no way I could have completed this project without it. I highly recommend that you invest the time to make one, or several for that matter. They truly are worth their weight in gold.
Over all I am very pleased with how this simple (yeah, right!) little box turned out. I made it for my daughter who has decided to put her finger polish collection in it.
Thanks for taking time to look and read. Take care.
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