|Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder||posted 03-21-2015 11:43 PM||2813 views||10 times favorited||17 comments|
The is my entry for our local wood club two by four challenge. A wooden brief case.
I found a quarter sawn fir two by four at HD. After planning and drawing the plans, I re-sawed the wood, stickered it and put my small compressor on the stack to compress it. :-)
After letting it dry for a couple of weeks in the shop, I sanded it using my drum sander. I cut the pieces to rough lengths, jointed and rip them to final width.
The box was joined with 1/4” finger joints. I ship-lapped the side pieces and attached them to the box. After the glue dried, I sanded the finger joints flush and ripped off the top. I recommend doing this with just a wisp of wood left and finish trimming with a box knife.
With top removed, I used an 1/8” rabbeting bit on the inside of the top. I made another rabbet on the bottom to form a tongue to mate with the top.
I made the hinges, clasps, and handle using the same two by four. The only hardware I used was an 1/8” brass rod for the hinge pins and clasp rod.
The finish was a couple of quick coat shellac and a coat of dark wax.
-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.