So originally the plan was to quickly clobber together an open box with any means necessary, be it nails, screws, glue, and sheer will power. But it quickly occured to me that this would be my family’s first exposure to this weird hobby their son had recently picked up and so pride (and joy) kept me adding to the project. Because I only had Sunday and a couple after work days to deliver the promised box, I didn’t bother taking any pictures for the first half of construction. By the end of Sunday, I actually got further along than expected and had a finger jointed box reinforced with screws on the sides and bottom.
Planning the edges flush—I experimented using the block plane on the pull stroke for this and it felt very natural. Since I do a lot of my work on the ground and use my arms and legs to hold things down, I think I’ll look into this approach more.
With the newly found extra time, I decided to make a top for it. And since my only experience for box tops are the sliding japanese toolbox lids, I set out to build one.
I had a redwood fence board from home depot in pretty rough condition. I did some planning, cross cutting, and to create a top wide enough for the box. I did notice that that the redwood lost a lot of its color after planing, I was hoping for a stronger contrast with the pine board I used for the rest of the box.
Planing paired edges for the glue up.
Cutting the top to length.
Next up was planning the top to a good width.
Measuring the position of the offset beams always makes me nervous, so I mocked up their positions to convince myself they’d slide ok.
I used bamboo nails (skewers) for the top lips.
Convinced of the fit, the top was glued up. I wish I could say, everything fit great, but there was a fair bit of planning and tweaking to make it work. The biggest lesson I relearned again, was one mistake in measurement or squareness, if not remedied, haunts the project to its end, if you ever reach it. The biggest mistake on this project was that the sides were not planed to the same thickness. I think my next tool purchase will be a marking gauge.
The final step was a few coats of shellac and a wax coat.
I was pretty happy with the end result, and I think my mom and dad really appreciated the hand made gift. It was a hectic week, but I enjoyed every moment. Thanks for reading :)
-- "As I’ve said to myself many times before: Try to live the way you are, be the person in your work that you are in the rest of your life. Easy to say!” - James Krenov