This Etsy business is pretty cool, I mean how else could you get the opportunity to build something for someone half way across the country? Last Wednesday afternoon (the 13th.) I had a convo on Etsy asking about making a custom box in the style of a cigar box. My goal is to answer any and all requests I get and have found it's well worth while. Well, this cigar box has turned out to be 16" square and 6" tall --- that's a lot of cigars! After 16 Etsy convo's that included a sketch I got the job. It's a rush job but glue can only dry so fast!
The project will be made out of Maple and Baltic Birch plywood and the client will paint it when it arrives. Like all projects, the first step was to square and dimension the lumber. As a "hybrid woodworker" I utilize my saw for the rough work and then a #7 Jointer plane for the final passes.
|Truing up the Edge|
Next up was cutting the miters for the box. This was accomplished on the tablesaw with a jig:
|Cutting Side Miters|
|Cutting for Spline|
There was a technique I saw in Fine Woodworking Magazine quite a while ago that I wanted to try on this box. Since it's a lift off lid it definitely needs a dust check to align the bottom and lid together. What they showed in this article was to dado a groove on the inside of the box before assembly.
|Dust Stop Dado|
Glue up was next, thankfully Diane was able to give me a hand getting the clamps in place. We hit 86 degrees today so that means you need to move quickly so the glue doesn't set up before the clamps are in place. I used three different band clamps to get it together.
|There's a Box In There Somewhere!|
Time for dinner but before I call it a night I plan to flip the box over and attach the other panel. That way it'll be ready to work after church tomorrow. I may need to put the slightest bit of putty over the pinner holes but this box will be painted and that's more than enough to conceal them. Even though the client offered to pay extra for a rush job couldn't see doing that, sometimes we work better under some pressure. As it is, I bought a box from Box Brothers so if all goes well I should have no problem taking it to the post office first thing on Monday.