|Project by jjw5858||posted 10-30-2013 05:59 PM||2288 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
Hello friends! No better way to get the holidays started than with one of my all time favorites…Halloween! This was a fun and spirited project that I had planned on trying last season, but honestly I just had a heck of a time getting my head around the math for making these angled cuts. Lucky for me that spending enough time watching Roy Underhill in the Woodwright’s shop taught me some basic old fashioned and very effective ways to render this numbers and angles game.
Here is the secret I found that worked for me…stop over calculating it and making it a math problem. Simply grab your bevel angle and record your desired cuts. Make one side and copy the other. I did just that in my own unique fashion. All the miters here are not the standard for this shaped box. I opted for mere butted joints on the ends, but it seemed to work for me and I just went for it!
My entire process here was fun first, and let the tools teach me. It was one of the most fun projects I have made and a sure first with many different things to try. A machine can cut and do many tasks more quickly and accurately versus a beginning hand tool enthusiast. The challenge in performing hand tool work is continuing the exercises in repetition so the hand tool user can someday begin to meet those higher standards of a well earned and experienced craftsperson. Like anything in life, the more you do it the better it can become. This process is extremely gratifying when you recognize all of the work it takes to make the project complete and all that you are gaining in your woodworking knowledge by trying to make it correctly. This is just my first try at such an oblong box exclusively with hand tools only, so there is always more to learn and practice!
I have always enjoyed vintage horror films especially those from the Hammer film company. I would say that if you do not let the inner child outward from your soul to the work bench, then I think you miss many joys of creating things. So you only need a small amount of make believe, a little horror, trusty classic tools and some pine!
For an extra presentation I included a fun little short film with a cameo by the evil pine box itself!
From one imagination to another, I hope you have a ghoulish good and safe Halloween!
Great shavings ahead! BWAAAAH HAAAAAW HAAAAWWWW HAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!!
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW