|Project by Mcnervy||posted 05-27-2013 01:29 PM||839 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
My sister was graduating from Medical school and mother’s day were coming up.
I had never given either of them gift of a project. I thought boxes. I added a 3rd for the wife.
I made enough parts for 3 complete boxes with one extra side of each type.
I was taking a Stay-cation for 3 weeks, with the kids 12,5,3 in school on M,W,F I had 6 days of construction time, really 3 if you count the 3 full days of cleaning the house. But still much more time then I usually get.
In week one I made my shooting boards and my router fence(previous posts), all rough milling, made the box sides and bottoms and tops. The wood was from a Walnut tree in the backyard, we had it cut into planks and dried for last 2 years, nice wood and great gift back story. I was ready to add detail and finish in week 2.
Then I and the 3 boys got a wicked stomach flu. 3 days of vomiting, 4 people one toilet. I lost 2 of my build days, so not I had 24 hours to glue and finish.
I bought spray shellac and spray lacquer along with some not so ideal hinges, smallest I could find. Decided to abandon the 3rd box, sorry honey.
Well rushing always improves the quality of work. I glued one box side upside-down, so I had to cut that internal rabbet post construction, and I have mysterious groove on inside of one box side, second time I have done that.
Then I added hinges to one box, not enough planning, screws penetrated thru the rabbet, had to remove and try to eliminate the evidence. hinges are a luxury item anyway.
On to the one great part, spray can finish. It was my first try. I used 4 coats of spray shellac 1 hour between followed by approx. 10 coats of spray lacquer 30 minutes between coats quick and easy. I chose very light coats and no sanding at all. Texture was not my perfect but looked pretty good and was so easy, and felt good.
One day I will make the project I set out to, but I have been happy with every result so far.
-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem