Contest Box #10
Reddit box contest entry. Box #10 done in walnut and cedar.
I decided to make Matt's box #10 for the box challenge. My box is made from cedar and walnut. I added walnut splines in the corners.
This is my wood selection, cedar and walnut. The walnut has been sitting in my scrap box for 2 years waiting for a use. I was routing it out for a different project and had a major blow out from the wild grain. I kept it simply because of its grain and figured I would find a project for it eventually.
Rough cutting the cedar. I have to cut a section out of the middle to get rid of the knot and a big split. This stuff was like working with styrofoam it was so soft.
Squared up the cedar then rip to width.
Resawing the board. I'll get a side and end from each piece.
Plane to 1/4" thick.
Make rebates for the top and bottom these are 1/8 by 1/8. I used the marking gauge peeking out in the background to score a deep cut line before using the plow plane. That gave me a much cleaner rebate than I would have gotten otherwise. A big heavy plow plane doesn't work very well on material this small.
My one trip to the modern world I cut my sides out on the miter saw. A fine finish blade does a nice job. Glue up using the old masking tape as a clamp trick.
While the box is curing I cross cut the walnut and squared it up. I wiped on some mineral spirits to decide where I wanted to take the top out of.
Resaw for rough thickness.
And plane to final dimension.
I cut kerfs for splines using my dovetail saw. If I did this again I think I would use a larger tenon saw for a wider kerf.
Gluing in the splines.
Cut the splines off and planed the outside of the box. Gave it a wipe of mineral spirits to see how it looked. It is propped up by one of the practice boxes I made.
Fitting the top.
Top fitted. I put a small chamfer on all of the edges with a block plane.
Pieces for the pull.
Cleaning up the little pull supports.
Pull pieces finished and ready to be glued on.
Applying finish. I used a very thin shellac and wiped it on. Lots of coats especially on the top then wax.