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post #1 of 6 Old 05-15-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Recipe Box - First "Fine" project.

I'll preface this by saying that I have built lots of stuff over the years, but this is one of the first things that I have made with the intention of having precise, solid joinery, not being over-built, and held together with only glue (and small screws for the hinges).

I started with some square cut 1x6 maple (I have no joiner/planer). I re-sawed it with my TS to around 3/8" thickness in two passes (admittedly not the smartest way to do it...but I have no band saw). Anyway, I paneled the narrower stock for the front and back of the box. I cut the four sides of the box with a 45 deg miter on the ends and a dado near the bottom of the inside faces of sides. I assembled the four sides of the box with glued miter joints and just a glued butt joints for the top. The floor of the box is made of 1/8" cedar that was placed in the dado's when assembled. I cut the box apart after it was glued and sanded. This would have been a simpler task with a band saw. I cut a shallow slit into the back and front of the box with the table saw. I then connected the two cuts by cutting the sides with a jigsaw along a curved line. Because my thin kerf TS blade is about twice as wide as my jigsaw blade, I had to sand the curve to even out the difference. After I had cut the lid free of the box, the front and back of the box developed a more pronounced concave bow. This is probably in part because my miters could have been a tad acute. Also, the floor is not glued in, so it doesn't serve as a structure element to square the box. To fix this, I cut two small strips of maple and sanded one side to shape it into an arc. I then clamped and glued these strips to the inside of the box with the arced side facing the panel. This seems to have flattened everything out as well as could be expected, though it isn't perfect. I then sanded the outside down to 320 grit by hand and and with a quarter-sheet vibrating sander. For the finish, I applied two coats of Tung oil. I'm not crazy about how this turned out. I used the same method on a frame just afterwards and I was able to get a much more even result. Below are some build photos.

Needless to say, I learned a whole bunch and am excited about further projects.

The wife's happy and that's what counts!

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That's awesome. I really like how the lid and the box have a matching and mating contour. Nice touch. Great job

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Nice work.

+1 on Kenbo's comments.

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nice one. and as you so rightly pointed out, the persdn whom it was intended for is happy, your wife, and that is all that matters.
thanks for sharing.
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