As I was wrapping up the Slanted Dovetail series of boxes I was also beginning work on another run of the Lidded Finger Joint series. I'm not kidding, I need to get to an easier, less time consuming series to clear my head just a little bit! Here's the end result of the first assembled one:
|Clamped Up -- Fingers Crossed|
The wood I used for these is Macacauba, if you'd like to know more about it go to this LINK, it's a pretty awesome wood but these particular boards were difficult to work with. Like any project we started out planing an edge. Prior to that though I did run it through the planer to get a 1/2" thickness.
|Establishing a Working Edge|
|Cutting the Front|
|Cut With Spacer in Place|
|Marked for Re-Assembly|
After the drilling is done, the hinged edge needs to be shaped so the box opens:
|Fitting/Shaping the Lid|
|Fitting the Walnut Lift|
Now, before assembling the box I'll plane the inside surfaces as well as both sides of the lid to get them smooth:
|Smooth Plane Work|
I have an idea for the next series of boxes using Baltic Birch plywood cut so to emphasize the various layers, something done years ago for decoupage plaques. Honest, these will require less hand work with just simple miter joinery, dado for the bottom, and a tinted shellac finish. Hobby Lobby has a bunch of interesting imported knobs that will finish this series off. Probably get started on them next week.