|Project by DaleMaley||posted 07-18-2013 12:08 AM||722 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
The June 2013 Issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine has a small chest design that caught my eye.
This project was really outside the realm of my current woodworking skills. I have cut less than 50 hand-cut dovetails, and they were not pretty looking enough for this type of project. I also have never done any type of inlay work either. I never have used old-fashioned cut nails either (I remember pulling big ones out from old houses when I was a kid, but never re-used them).
I bought about 100 feet of mahogany flooring for $25 at a Restore (Habitat for Humanity) store. I used the belt sander to remove most of the finished side, before I ran it through my planer. There are 2 grooves in the bottom which must be planed down also. I was able to net 9/16” thick stock, which is what this project called for.
I decided to make a little box as practice for making the 1747 Hannah’s chest. I’m glad I did, because I learned a lot on this project.
The inlay is made from holly veneer. I had to glue up about 4 thicknesses of veneer and then saw out the 1/16” wide inlays. I bought the special compass style cutter from Lie Nielsen for the inlay work.
To see my trials & tribulations of making this box, see my web site.
-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/