I spent a couple of hours this morning preparing stock to make more boxes for the Etsy Store. This is that "grunt work" portion requiring mostly power tools. It starts off by hand as I plane one working edge to guide the wood safely on the table and band saws. Then comes the ripping to width, followed by re-sawing to get the required thinner material, which is followed up by a pass or two on the surface planer. What you're looking at (from left to right) is Curly Cherry, Quarter-Sawn White Oak, more of the Cherry, then Lacewood. These will become the sides of the boxes. The roughly formed end pieces are Walnut and Sapele. I'm completely sold out of this style of box:
|View from the Outfeed Side of the Saw|
Making the side piece for that style is somewhat tricky. The box above is the trickiest because it requires that the rip fence is on the left side of the blade. That's not the side it's customarily on so it feels kind of awkward! Definitely need to use a push stick and a feather board. The off cut piece tends to lodge between the blade and the opening in the throat plate.
The other style is a bit more straight forward and is cut with a panel raising jig, this time on the customary side of the blade.
|Forming the Side Pieces|
When we had our discussion at Sin City Woodworkers meeting last Wednesday pricing our work was a big part of it. In my experience your best bet is to somewhat mass produce the phase of making boxes. The majority of my work is done by hand which, no matter how you look at it; is time consuming. I can maximize my time by cutting enough material with the power tools to make multiple boxes. Then, between students and any other job that may come up, I can spend that quiet shop time carefully creating them by hand --- just as God intended!