Boxes from Red Cedar #1: Box #1, start up

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 12-16-2020 02:25 AM 415 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Let’s see….Spent $30 for a box of 1/4” thick Aromatic Red Cedar planks..the kind that some line a closet with….or a Blanket Chest… fact, I needed a whopping 4 planks out of that box…..Which left quite a bit to find something to do with the rest. Had a stack already sitting out…

Figured I could remove the tongue & groove edges….and make a few small boxes. Souvenir Shops always had those small Red Cedar boxes for sale…names were burnt into them. Heavy coat of varnish outside. None on the empty insides. Perhaps I could make a few of those style boxes….without the names ….?

Box No.1….finger/box joints in the corners…

Took a while…one corner had a bit of a problem…

Started over….cracked end was tossed, bad fingers were cut off…was soon able to do a dry fit..

Was just going to glue a top and bottom to the 4 sides…and then cut the lid free…

had to wait a day, for the glue to cure…then start a clean up..

Sides were planed flat…

Ends merely needed a smaller plane…even the top and bottom got into the act..

Then a marking gauge to scribe where the lid gets sliced..

Wasn’t feeling up to handsawing the lid free..

Set up the rip fence on the tablesaw. and ran all 4 sides through…one side at a time…

Plane the saw marks away….added some hinges…

A latch around in front…

And a handle on each end…

Waiting on a brush, to add the varnish…
Size? Stands 3-5/8” tall, 7” long, by 3-1/4” wide….

One box done….Box #2? Will be trying through dovetails at the corners….

Stay tuned…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 12-16-2020 03:17 AM

Nice! Turned out great.

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#2 posted 12-16-2020 05:16 AM

Cedar like all softwoods can be a huge challenge to work with – I admire your tenacity.

-- Bstrom

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