|Project by JamesJMcFadden||posted 11-10-2013 05:24 AM||1737 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
I made this small box at the request of a childhood friend to store her checker set. I glued some sycamore to the top and bottom of a piece of mahogany to create a block blank. Next I went to the drill press and bored two holes clear through the block using a 2” Forstner bit, then to the band saw to slice the block in half so that I now had a top and bottom piece. Next I fashioned mahogany sides and glued them to the base only. I finished by sanding to 180 grit, followed by two coats of satin wipe on poly, then waxed. This was my first attempt at a box and the first time I used a Forstner bit which was amazing, as I have only used hole saws in the past, no comparison. I plan to be on the lookout for more sycamore because of its beauty. The mahogany was pulled from the scrap bin and the sycamore a 4’ short given to me by the local sawmill guy. I only had one of the checkers, as shown in the second and third picture to build the set, so I pray that all 24 checkers will fit. I did not make the checker and assume they were pressed? I would like to say that the sycamore showing through to the inside of the box was part of the grand design but in reality a happy accident. I’ll take it.