This was my first attempt at making a box. Lots of flaws but hopefully I'll improve in the next one.
With the lid open. I might add a chain or some hemp twine to keep the lid from moving past the 90 degree angle.
Here it is in a domestic setting
And here's the interior
It started with a piece of cherry I found in my cart of scraps. Yep, still working my way through the cart of scraps I bought around two years ago now.
The box started quite a while ago. The first dovetails were cut with no workbench or vise, and as a result, were pretty crappy. Not a good time. Circumstances changed and then I could build a workbench and the box started to get put together much more quickly.
Here I figured out a nice way to use my holdfasts to firmly hold down work without marring it.
I decided to glue on the bottom
Here's my attempt at patching all the holes in my work...and there's still so many flaws
During this project, I was able to learn how to effectively use a shooting board which honestly improves my hand tool work by about 10x. Still can't wait to be able to use my table saw again...cleared it all off but there's still a giant sheet of drywall blocking me.
Took it outside for some more sanding, and hoped that the sunlight would darken the cherry
Ended up getting card scrapers and a job application for my birthday, and got some nice shavings out of the box
Sharpened my kanna and gave the top a finishing pass with it. Never get tired of that peculiar polish that only comes with a kanna.
Duct taped the top to the sides, made some marks, and installed the hinges...then promptly took them off to get rid of the marks and apply Danish oil
Ah, Danish Oil. You appeal to my desire for keeping the feel of wood, my desire for protection and beauty, and my laziness.
Now the next box will hopefully be much better!