|Phil Lowe and some chump|
On to the project. A year or two ago, we helped my wife's workmate/friend pack and move. He gave me some wood that was just going to be thrown out. Some beech from a chair and some unknown wood from a kitchen drain-board or something. Well, I made a small dovetailed box from the mystery wood and it sat unfinished since then. The box was not even glued up. A top and bottom were made from the beech, but never attached. It was time to get it out of the shop.
|Exposed (and filled with sawdust/glue) caved in section from chopping|
I hinged the lid with 1" long, 3/4" wide cheap brass hinges. I'm concerned the tiny screws wont hold well in this soft wood, but so far they feel OK.
|Those are some TINY screws|
|Lid opened and supported|
|One of the small box support rails inside the main box|
|Twin small boxes, each 4 1/4" x 3" x 2" tall|
|Taped cauls to the tail boards for directed force when clamping|
|Small box clamped up|
|One corner of a small box|
And they fit nicely inside the main box. They sit up about 1/4" higher than the main box rim so they can be grabbed easily.
|Showing the rail that they sit on|
I finished the boxes with two coats of shellac and a coat of wax. I didn't add wax to the interior bottoms, though. I added a "felt-like" product called Suede-Tex that I had bought several years ago. You paint the bottoms with the green adhesive (being VERY careful not to paint the sides), then add this felt-like green dust, and let it set. The extra dust can be brushed out later and it leaves a surface that looks like a felt lining. For painting the adhesive, I used a cheap "acid brush" on which I had cut the bristles to a point to help getting into the corners.
And finally a glamour shot or two.
|The finished box|
A fun project for sure. And it got some clutter and wood scraps out of the shop. Bonus!