|Project by bit101||posted 03-23-2014 06:00 PM||872 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I’m over the top proud of this. This is the first serious, serious woodworking project I’ve done. I’ve done tons of home fixup stuff, and a bunch of band saw boxes and some scroll saw toys and puzzles, but this project just blew me away with what I discovered I can do with the tools and knowledge I have acquired.
I’m using Doug Stowe’s Basic Boxmaking DVD. A really amazing resource. He walks you through each step. So many helpful little tips in there. This box is actually a combination of a couple different boxes he goes through there. I started it a little over a week ago, when I got my new table saw – a Dewalt 7480. It’s fantastic to have a tool that I can make accurate cuts with. Actually, the first couple of days were spent making crosscut and 45 sleds and a couple of jigs to help cut and make the keys.
Anyway, this box had me doing so many things – 45 degree mitered joints with keys, floating inset bottom and lid, roundovers with the router table. A few false starts – had to cut the bottom twice as I screwed it up the first time. And I used the lid as a backing block when pushing one of the sides through the router, thinking it was a piece of scrap! Luckily, it bit into a corner that was going to be completely hidden in the inner groove. Whew!
All in all, it came out very nearly perfect. I don’t feel like I compromised on any point of the construction, which amazes me. My only regret is the choice of woods. The oak and cherry would up very nearly the same color, so it doesn’t have much contrast, which would have been nice. But I feel like I “leveled up” on this project.