|Project by Jerry||posted 03-26-2014 11:14 PM||2580 views||3 times favorited||40 comments|
This was going to be a hand-dovetailed Maple and Spanish Cedar humidor for my brother in law. Everything went swimmingly until I had to part the lid from the bottom. At that point in time, I still had not refined many of the processes going into this. The first test humidor I made, I was able to part the lid with a miniature saw blade on the drill press, but that was hemlock, not maple, and the saw overheated and the arbor bent when I tried to use it in maple. For days I tried to fix the parted surfaces with a variety of methods. I got closest to fixing it with my hand tools, but not all the way there, and by the time I got close, the box and lid were far too shallow for a humidor, not to mention all of the other mistakes I made, which I will now enumerate for the benefit of anyone out there that can profit by my mistakes.
1) This picture just shows an overview of the box, doesn’t look too bad from a distance, and the wood on the bottom looks really nice, but it was my first mistake, the grain in this configuration is very unstable, and expanded enough to buckle and part the glue joint on the bottom, the grain on the TOP, however, had no such issues.
2) In the top half of this picture you can see gouges that I was not able to get out unless I wanted to sand until the cows come home, this was caused by not having a dedicated clean surface for moving the box around on while working on it. The bottom half of the picture shows a split in the top that was repaired after I had to rip the top off the sides of the lid when I ruined the sides. I later glued this top back on the remainder of the box and parted it a second time, but still with disastrous results because I did not have a good saw blade, and I did not have a high enough fence to control the cut.
3) The top picture shows a repair that failed on one of my dovetails because of all the stress I put the box through trying to fix it. This dovetail got away from me when I failed to saw on the waste side of the line, but rather sawed on the keep side. The bottom picture shows how my attempt to cover up my terrible rabbet joints with a hemlock liner failed abjectly. I had previously intended on putting brass pins on all four sides of the box for accents, but in driving them into the hemlock bottom liner, they made it bow upwards, I have no idea how, since I drilled for it. This development made it unreasonable to pursue finishing the liner, and since it’s pinned AND glued, it can’t be removed with destroying it.
4) These are the hinkiest hinges I’ve ever had the displeasure to work with. Maybe when I become super woodworker, but for now, I’ll not be using these again any time soon. If you don’t drill for the screws, they will twist in half when you try to screw them in, but you can’t drill for them without taking some of the hinge off too. The hinges are weak, and the recommended clearances on the instruction sheet are wrong wrong wrong.
5) Clearly showing my failed attempts to get the edges flat. I’m not sure it can be done if you get a bad part, well, at least I can’t do it yet…
6) So I guess I’ll just store some of my hand planes in it, sigh…
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