|Project by MichaelT77||posted 01-21-2014 04:26 PM||1121 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Practicing in the basement workshop, I used some purpleheart to make a small box. I have found purpleheart a little difficult to work with (for me, anyway), but I’ve got a few boards, and I’m tired of seeing them just lean against the wall. The wood is hard, and somewhat brittle. Beautiful dark color after it sits for a while. Even the purple shavings are something to see. Of course, when the wood is saw cut, planed, and sanded, it’s just light brown and not much to look at.
I was planning on the lid, so the little doors are completely unnecessary. Nonetheless, I wanted to practice the procedure. The hinged edges of the doors are about 1/8” wider (on each side, of course) and shaped (carefully, with a sharp chisel blade) to fit into holes drilled into the sides (1/4” Forstner). I glued a couple of small stops to the sides for the doors to rest on. The lid is not attached. It just sits on top. A couple of thin strips are glued underneath to keep the lid from moving laterally
The bottom is a piece of poplar. Chamfered with a plane, and fitted into grooves in the sides (1/8” router bit).
The dovetails are hand cut. The box isn’t glued together, yet. I may try to tighten up a couple of the joints. I’m fairly comfortable now with a dozuki saw. Very sharp (quick to draw blood). Very precise dovetails are possible if one is careful and patient.
Speaking of patient, I was a patient in the ER for an hour or two Thursday night. Table saw accident while working on this box. Kickback. No excuse. Careless. Multiple stitches. I hope to feel better soon. Be careful out there.
-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA