|Project by CFrye||posted 11-21-2013 08:09 PM||1324 views||5 times favorited||18 comments|
I first saw this Book Box on WoodWorking for Mere Mortals Thanks Steve for the inspiration and plans! My version is made of red oak. After I cut the covers to size from 1/2” thick boards we got a used planer and I used it to thickness them down to 3/8”. Need to add an out feed platform to the planer. Yeah, snipe pretty much all through the relatively short pieces. Used the table saw to cut kerfs in the spine piece then cleaned it out with a chisel. Then went back to widen it ‘just a hair’. As you can see in pic 4 it also deepened it. :-/
Hind sight says I should have narrowed the tabs on the covers. (Don’t you wish he would speak up sooner?)
The pages box needed a chamfer on the spine edge to allow the top clearance to open. I tried this free hand then made the jig in pic 5. The piece of wood at the bottom of the pic is a section of hand railing with a preformed 45 degree bevel that was perfect for the plane to ride on! A big thanks to LJer TerryR for the Lumberjock style care package containing this Stanley 60 1/2 plane. Awesome little plane!
The lid is hinged with a dowel. Drilling the hole had to be done by hand as it was just a little too tall to fit in the table top drill press. Did not drill straight. So I enlarged the hole in the cover only (barely fit) on the drill press to 3/16” Wax in the cover openings and friction fit in the spine.
On a previous oak project I had a problem with finish not getting into the pores.
So I made some ‘black wax’ to try on this project by combining Johnson’s paste wax and soot from the wood stove. Really liked the test piece and so put it on the book box. You may notice the different settings in the images. That was me trying to capture the true final coloring of the oak with the black wax. Finally got it on the 4th pic.
I did not add a magnet or flocking/felt. I may later. I don’t know.
There it is. I guess this is officially my first box. It’s not perfect. It’s got character :-) Learned a lot.
Thanks for looking and especially for commenting. Feed back helps me learn, good and bad.
-- God bless, Candy