|Project by maplerock||posted 141 days ago||678 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
I am constantly awed by the talented people that post their work here on LumberJocks. Occasionally I see something that I’d like to try. So many of the beautiful projects are beyond my skill level, but once in a while I will try to broaden my horizons and boldly go where I have never gone before. I had a small chunk of butternut wood and decided to give it a go.
A bandsaw box seemed simple enough, so I made a heart shaped box for my wife. I learned several things as I stumbled through this. After watching YouTube videos on bandsaw boxes I began. It went smoothly, but I got ahead of myself a little. After cutting off the bottom and hollowing out the middle… I glued and clamped the bottom back on. I had not taken into account that I was putting a swivel lid on the box and I needed a dowel through the bottom that would allow the lid to swivel.
I later drilled down through the middle section and made a hole to accept the dowel which I glued into the lid. The dowel is long enough to stay in place. If I had it to do over again I would glue the bottom on last after drilling out a larger hole to accept a nut that would allow the lid to swivel without being able to be pulled out.
I also learned how to use earth magnets to keep the lid closed. This one in the lid:
The one in the lower section is covered with a thin plug.
I also found out that I really rely a lot on my orbital sander. You have to sand much of this by hand. I do have a Ridgid oscillating spindle sander that came in handy. If I had sanded better before assembly it would have been easier.
All in all I like the end result. My wife likes it too.
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana