|Forum topic by 7Footer||posted 03-20-2013 06:21 PM||873 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
03-20-2013 06:21 PM
Hi all, I am looking for a little advice from you box guru’s!
A couple weeks ago I made a box joint jig for my TS, and I was all excited about it after the joints turned out pretty nice on my first try. So I went to a local Hardwood company and came across some really nice cherry for $3 a BF, it has some beautiful grain patterns in it and I thought it would be perfect for the top, it is also 3/4” like the walls of the box. The walls of the box are mahogany. I realize also that 3/4” stock is way too much for a box this size, its just overkill but oh well.
I made the top for it, its a square piece of cherry with a smaller strips mitred around the square, and it hangs over the edge of the box about 1/4” all the way around.
SO, my question is – (1) what do I do for the base? I thought I had a great idea and when I tried it, it turned out like crap, so I scrapped it. My idea was to take 4 little square blocks of cherry and cut out some dados for the box to sit on like feet, then I would slide a really thin piece of mahogany in for the bottom of it, but after realizing that I couldn’t cut the dados like I wanted I tried to rout out the piece I wanted and it didnt work at all, maybe if I had a router jig I could’ve done it, but the blocks we too small to free hand it..
(2) How should I secure the top to the box? Again I thought I had it figured out, but now I’m not sure (I cut a small 1/4” strip of of the box walls and was going to rout out the cherry top out to fit that but now I realize that is more work than I want and I am not sure that my freehand routing skills are ready for that. Should I go with some stainless or brass hinges, or should I make my own wooden hinges? I want to keep it on the cheap as this is the first finger joint box I’ve made, its practice but I would love some advice on what you experienced box makers would do.
(3) What should I finish it with? I was thinking danish oil? I have never used Danish Oil but have really been wanting to use it. I also thought it may look nice if I stained it and put poly on it. I just love this grain pattern in the cherry top, so I don’t want too mess with it too much.
This is what my box looked like after the initial glue-up, just imagine it with a cherry top and no bottom at the moment. The box is 8” square and the top is about 8 1/2” square.
Thanks in advance!