|Project by Jeff||posted 04-06-2007 06:58 AM||3874 views||3 times favorited||34 comments|
This is the ‘jewelry’ box I was working on and made reference to in my blog about neighbors that don’t like woodworking. Unfortunately, it is still not complete because I’m debating a do-over of the lid. In my ignorance, I executed an ill-conceived design. That said, it’s square in the horizontal plane but I did not allow (or know to) the movement of the wood. Thus there is a bad gap of about a 16th of an inch between the ‘insert’ and the lid frame. You can see in the overhead shot. My perfectionist side wants to do it over but my more rational half (KT) has sworn to my face she will beat me if I do. She loves it as it is. A smart man will stop here and put the finish and hardware on. I’m dumb but not stupid so I guess I’ll finish it as soon as the weather warms up.
1) Use miter joints in the corners instead of the ‘reverse breadboard’ approach I used;
2) Measure the moisture content and account for wood movement OR don’t mill the stock in the most humid part of the season;
3) make sure you don’t overclamp and force your work out of square in the vertical plane;
4) how to make a finger/box joint jig and cut them ‘close enough’ to assemble a box that doesn’t look too ridiculous;
5) how to use my low angle block plane to fair up the fingers;
6) how to use my low angle block plane to mess up an already well-planed surface thus forcing more sanding than one should need to do.
Thanks for looking and I honestly welcome your constructive criticism as that is the only way I can improve.
The woods used are Curly Maple and Padauk. The rough dimensions are 10×6 x 3.
-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN