|Forum topic by MikeB||posted 02-04-2011 06:40 AM||3043 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-04-2011 06:40 AM
I am building a simple box for my daughter and wanted some advice about the benefits and drawbacks of the order of some of the final steps. The box will be similar to the pictured box (taken from the recent cover of a Lee Valley catalog): it will have a hinged top (Brusso JB-101 stop hinges), inlay on five sides, side handles, and a full mortise lock. It is made from half-inch cherry and I plan to finish it using using Christian Becksvoort's oil and varnish finish recipe.
I am at the stage where I have assembled and glued up a closed box, applied the inlay banding and sanded it flush with the surrounding wood, and routed the box edges with a round over bit. Here are the major remaining steps I need to take (I think):
A. Cut open the box
Obviously some steps have to precede others (the box needs to be cut open before you can install the hinges and lock and do any interior work), but there is a wide variety of approaches even taking that into account. For example, should I finish the outside before it is cut or wait until after? Install hinges and lock before finishing or after? Etc.
Any thoughts and suggestions are gratefully appreciated.