|Forum topic by ubermick||posted 02-09-2013 09:09 PM||2608 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-09-2013 09:09 PM
Okay, I’ve been lurking about on here for a month, picking up more outstanding advice and info than you can shake a horrifically warped 2×4 at. I’ve been messing about with woodworking for a few years, limiting myself to a few household projects, and my “pride and joy”, converting an old chest freezer into a keezer. (My friends ooh and ahh when they see it, you guys would absolutely point and laugh at the horror show of my attempts at mitered butt joints).
Anyways, I’m also a bit of an astronomy buff, and need a case to carry eyepieces around in. Of course there are a ton of commercial options out there, and while looking for some options, I came across these:
Which I promptly fell in love with (without the gaudy CNC carving on the outside). And, being the idiot that I am, decided “Hmmm, I can MAKE this!”
And so, instead of spending the $229 that these cases cost, I plopped 2-3 times that on the extra tools I figured I’d need to built it at home, and will likely do nowhere near as good a job.
Anyways, wanted to ask the advice of the community about putting one of these together. I’ll be using 1/2” red oak, and looking at the various pictures of these cases (see more by clicking here) it looks remarkably simple in construction. Rabbet joints all round, with a few dadoes cut for the centre dividers and the drawer runners. I can’t see any evidence of screws or nails though, looks to be just glued, and that makes me nervous about strength, particularly on the lid, where it’ll be carried from?
And speaking of that lid, how would you guys recommend constructing it? I was thinking a groove of some sort, sort of like a sliding lid, like this one but glued in place and completely enclosed?
Any other advice (including “Don’t try and build it, you bald idiot, just return the tools you bought and buy one!”) is greatly appreciated.
-- Gaz. Irishman who lives in the San Francisco area, and tends to ruin more wood than he should.