|Project by MarkTheFiddler||posted 09-03-2013 01:10 AM||1278 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
I spend all “my” fun money on tools and wood. If it comes down to a TV or something to fix the house, the house comes first. Plus, my wife and I have this wealth building philosophy: If it still works, don’t spend the money on a new one. That is why I am still driving around in my 2001 Altima. And that is why I still have an old 32” tube TV.
This little project may remedy that problem. ;) I actually built it with a TV in mind.
The Body is Cedar that Jordan P very kindly gave me. Is that Western Cedar? I think so. Since the end grain on cedar seems to be a bit too porous for me, I found a thin off cut of Cherry to frame the top.
As to the slot on top, Well – I don’t really have a drill press yet and I didn’t own any chisels. I took the unimpressive route and dissected a slat of wood. I ran it vertically on the table saw several times (no Dado either). I used my sled to keep the pieces stable.
I said I didn’t own any chisels. I bought some starter chisels when I picked up the hardware up at Lowe’s (by the way – there’s got to be a better choice of small hardware someplace!). I cut some small grooves in the lid and and body top to fit the hinges. It came out better than expected but not perfect. The lid still doesn’t seat exactly. I’ll work on it.
I chose to sand the corners and edges to soften the appearance of the box.
Here is the thing that really caught me off guard. Even, this inexpensive Cedar has grain movement. I added one coat of tung oil mixed with mineral spirits. I learned this trick recently. It is supposed to allow the first coat to penetrate better. 2 more coats of hand rubbed Tung oil followed by three coats of “Oil and Urethane Top Coat” from General finishes and whamo! 3-D grain movement.
I suppose you can call this my first box although I view it as more of a collection box not worthy of being categorized as a box to be compared with the masterpieces I constantly see on parade here at LumberJocks. Still, the inspiration to try a real box, a box worthy of being called a LumberJock’s box has imbedded itself in my mind. I’m going to make one a reality but I’m going to pay very close attention to the boxes with fitted lids before I start.
Now to the change at the bottom of the box. Apparently my 12 year old angel, Victoria, is tired of the old tube TV. That’s her first day contribution. I love that little girls heart!
Thank for looking and teaching me something about chisels! I thought I had enough info to at least try. Jordan – Thanks for the Cedar my friend!
-- Thanks for all the lessons!