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4th project Sewing Box #1: Wood purchased and start made.

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Blog entry by Markslawes posted 11-24-2018 06:07 PM 920 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi all

I thought with my fourth project I would write a blog on how I am getting on with it. Each project is getting more complicated for me and I am learning new ways to work with wood…. All great fun.
I have been promising my wife I would make her a sewing box now that I have finished the small box for my mum. I went to the Timber merchant on Friday to buy American black walnut and Maple, inspired by the box made by Eugene 'Gem of a Jewellery box'

I got to the Timber merchant which is not that close to me and found that they had no Maple in stock and so opted for Beech (my first regret for the project), now that it is bought and paid for I think I should have used Ash which is a little more aesthetically pleasing to the eye when combined with the walnut. However its bought and paid for now and I will have to go with it as I cannot afford to buy more at the moment.

So I have made up the back and sides with the Beech so far, I have jointed the edges of 20mm (T) 144mm boards and glued them together with some dowels to give them some extra strength. The back is currently 500mm wide and the sides 300mm but I will trim these down. I also ran a section of the walnut through the thicknesser just to see what it was like. Every time I see walnut in the projects I keep wanting to get some to see what it is like, as for me it is probably the most beautiful of woods. I was not disappointed I just love the colour of it and the grain in the wood. I have already worked out that I do not have enough of it for the project so a trip to the supplier is on the cards again in the next month or so (Yep very slow worker).

Anyway I will try and update this with some pictures each time I do a little and let you know what I am up to with it.

#Excited

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?



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#1 posted 01-16-2019 09:23 AM

Okay so I am a little further down the road with it now. I have made wider board with the Beech and cut my front and side panels. I had a problem with the rear panel that is 500mm in length as I left it in the shed which gets pretty damp and the board bowed (not damp damp but the shed does not protect from the moist atmosphere on a cold English winters day), so had to start again with that. Am keeping my fingers crossed that it has not happened again when I get back out there. I have attached walnut lower sections to the panels and cut a matching front section. I used a walnut veneer to cover some ply for the base and a middle section. Had my first disaster while sizing the edges to fit the box, I lost concentration for a split second and the panel skipped across the top of the tablesaw and ripped part of the veneer off, so that is face down on the box and I will work with it. I will probably put a second false panel there so that I can hide a letter for my wife for the future, so not the end of the world. I have now cut some rebates for the veneered panels and also lap joints for the panels (I believe lap joints is the correct term). My next mission is to cut some rebates for some walnut strips that the draws will slide on and some walnut fillers for the front of the side panels. Then I will glue up and assemble the basic box.

My one worry that I have is that my wife will struggle to lift this sewing box, with all that hardwood it is getting pretty heavy….. I definitely did not think that one through.

Fingers crossed that nothing has warped by the time I get back in to the shed ;-)

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#2 posted 01-27-2019 07:31 PM

Got into the shed again this weekend, last weekend I managed to glue up the panels and clamp it all together. I removed all the clamps yesterday and glued in a couple of fillets on the front of the side panels. I have noticed a few problems that I will be able to work around such as it is not truly square, however as a beginner and my budget budget table saw it is really difficult to get perfectly square cuts…. so doing the best I can with what I have and the lack of experience that I am faced with. Generally I am quite happy with how it is at the moment. My next step is making the two drawers which I feel is going to be more of a challenge as the handles will be inlayed into the drawer front so nervous cuts ahead of me. One thing that hangs like a cloud at the moment is some sort of latch for the lid when it is closed, I want it to lock down but cannot find a lock that will do it, I have looked on the internet but not sure what such a latch would be called so struggling, however I stiil have a fair bit of time before I get to the lid so no big deal at the moment.

Oh well onwards and upwards !!

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#3 posted 05-25-2019 08:37 PM

Okay so I have been working on the draws on and off for the last couple of months. I am unsure if giving them a cost of danish oil when assembling was a good idea or not but it is done now so no turning back.
I lined the draw bottoms with a green velvet and so I had to do the oiling and polishing during assembly of the drawers. I did have problems once assembled but that was a good thing as I will explain later.

Okay once the drawers had been glued and dowelled, I had checked before assembling that they slid in the draw runners I had fitted and were aligned properly and looked perfect. Problem!!! Once glued there was a big gap between the top and bottom draws…. disaster!!! Well it gave me the opportunity to use chisels to open the slots of the draws that the runners fit in and use my brain to figure ways of rectifying it. I used a little of the walnut I had used for the handles to attach a slither to the top of the bottom draw to fill the gap and it looks fine.
I am now making the dividers for the drawers, and have used the walnut again, I did not get enough walnut for the four legs I need to construct and the timber merchant is in the process of moving premises so I either leave it for a month or use the walnut I had for other bits. Hence the draw dividers, and it allows me to spend time learning doing new things.

Well I have oiled the dividers, and will hopefully get back in to the shed tomorrow and potter around some more. This is is only my fourth project since starting woodwork, and to date is probably my longest project. I have been doing it on and off for about 8 months , but winter saw a long break as it gets to cold in my little shed.

Well I will update again soon :-)

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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