|Project by SubVette||posted 03-03-2014 03:37 PM||2006 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
This is my first attempt at building a box. I have a limited budget so my choice of wood was whatever I could get cheap. That ended up to being white ash at HD. I learned a lot from this project. One is having a work shop to work in would be nice. Mine consists of a patio table on my porch. This was ok provided it wasn’t raining. I also learned that having a nice table saw really matters, mine is ten years old and I bought it new for 100 dollars. The fence moved a lot, so I had to measure and clamp every cut. I also learned that sanding is your friend, learn to love it. It was a lot of fun to build and do the other details like carving the deer head and doing the inlay. I should note that I bought the inlay from Constantine’s in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. It came in a circle form but I did not like that, so I cut out what I liked and inlayed it. It was my first attempt at doing inlays. I actually watched someone do it on YOUTUBE and tried it on a piece of scrap frist. The next box I do I will create my own inlay. I would also like to try and hand cut the dovetails instead of using a jig. The white ash seemed to contrast well with the carving, so I choose to finish the box with a clear acrylic lacquer. Added a half mortice lock to the box see last picture. Ended up going with a piano hinge for stregnth. Routered out a notch for the hinge to sit in top and bottom. Thanks for all the comments.
-- John in Florida