|Almost Ready for Finishing|
The lids were fun to make and I'm pleased with how they came out. Since our humidity has been so low lately I thought it would be wise to allow some space between the rabbet on the lid and the box sides. I'd much rather have the lid fit a bit looser than not being able to take it off if the lid expands in more humid conditions. Having never worked with these species of wood seems like a good idea. Many times you hear arguments/discussions among woodworkers about machine work versus hand work. The chamfer on the top of the lid was done by hand. Doing it manually eliminates the noise, dust, and probability of burning the wood with that spinning router bit. Really didn't take long at all. First of, a pencil and small combination square was used to draw the line to work to:
|Working to the Line|
Once they were completed the sides had to be done, this is more a visual thing than anything else. The goal is to create a crisp, 45 degree cut from the intersection of the lines to the tip of the lid:
|Have to be Ambidextrous...|
|to Plane with the Grain!|
It's not to difficult to see how the edge meets the chamfer planed on the end, should make a good miter. By putting a low bench dog in the outside vise jaw I was able to plane without any interference, this is where being ambidextrous comes in handy. I may try spraying these smaller boxes with shellac but, the weather may not cooperate with that plan. Most recommend temps below 85 degrees or so and that's just not going to happen. I'll do an experiment by spraying some 1/2 lb. cut through an air brush and see what the results are. I have a gorgeous piece of Curly Maple that I'd really like to finish with super blonde Shellac --- we'll see.