|Forum topic by Pendragon1998||posted 06-13-2015 01:15 AM||1209 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-13-2015 01:15 AM
I’m an aspiring galoot, trying to learn to do everything using hand tool methods. My next (second) box attempt will be a 16”x10” walnut box. I have a nice walnut board with some pretty grain I want to highlight on the front of the box. The top will perhaps be bubinga, and I’m unsure if I want to use bubinga for the bottom, or just walnut.
I think I’d like to have a slightly overhanging bottom, basically like the one I did on my red oak first box:
However, the bottom of the box in the photo was only about 5-1/2” from front to back, which made me feel comfortable simply gluing the sides onto the bottom. Paul Sellers says his rule of thumb for gluing on a bottom is about 6” max before he worries about wood movement causing problems.
I’d like to attach my bottom on the larger 16”x10” box similarly, but I’m unsure what the best galoot approach is to attaching the bottom. May I have some pointers, please?
Edited to add: I had another question – more of a style-related thought. I was considering doing half blind dovetails on the front and perhaps the back, since I wanted to highlight a sort of attractive grain pattern in the front side board. Would that make it look more like a misplaced cabinet drawer than a ‘jewelry’ box?