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The Liquor Box, Part 5 Finished

Hey y’all. We left off last time with the box components completed, but not glued together. There remains three steps which need to be accomplished before I can call the box finished. First, the box lid and the box itself are basically a frame and panel assembly. The sides of the box and lid form the frame and the top and bottom are the panel. The top and bottom are sized to allow for seasonal wood movement and will float within their frames. Due to this, I need to apply the finish to the top and bottom prior to glue-up. Applying finish means I need to get the top and bottom ready for finish. The material for both is walnut which was sourced from a friend. The board given to me had some of the pith or center of the tree in it. Some of the pith was soft resembling rot, but I’m not sure it was actually decay associated with wood rot. Regardless, I needed to remove a small amount of loose material and …

The Liquor Box, Part 2

First, let me remind readers that this is a project which was built during the Spring and Summer of 2020. See part 1 of this series here. With the opportunity to build this box, I tried a few things that I had never done before: 1) The box itself is a first; I’ve never built a proper box before. 2) I decided to try making my own quarter-sawn material from what originally were flat-sawn boards. 3) I had a piece of live edge walnut lumber which I thought would be ideal for this project. I’ve never worked with lumber directly from a saw mill. In short, this was going to be a totally new and fresh project for me. Making Quarter-Sawn Ash I bought a supply of ash a while back, intended for a chair project I lost interest in. Some of this ash was close to 1 3/4″ thick or more. It has since been in my workshop waiting to be used on some other project. I was thinking that the light color of …

The Liquor Box, Part 1

I have now been woodworking for 38 years and until recently, I had never built a box. Actually, I have created many boxes. A cabinet is basically a box with doors and drawers. Then, a drawer is a box without a lid. I have made countless examples of drawers over my many years of woodworking. But I have never built a true box, the kind with a lid on it. A friend had been persistent in asking me to make him a liquor box. A bonus: he was willing to pay me to make it. I don’t normally take on commissions, but an actual box project would force me to do something I have been meaning to do, namely build a box and explore box making joinery which is a little different than the joinery I typically use for furniture (a note: this project began last May during the pandemic). My interest in boxes goes back to my first book purchase on box making. The book titled “Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making” by …