This project was based on a recent “Wood” magazine project. The box from 1/2″ pine, dividers from 1/4″ pine, bottom 1/8″ pine, handle started as 3/4″ pine, all sawn and planed from 3/4″ stock. Finished with 3 coats of shellac and two coats of poly/oil/mineral spirits blend.
Here’s the unusual thing – you’ll notice the tall ends are oriented vertically while the sides are horizontal. This required that dovetail pins be cut into the side grain of the end pieces. I know that makes the pins very delicate; in fact, one pin popped off and had to be glued back on. I added 1/8″ dowels through the tails to reinforce the joints. I couldn’t figure out a way to join the sides with the ends and have the grain oriented properly for dovetails – the tall ends really needed to be vertical for strength. I thought about putting dadoes in the sides and overhanging them past the ends, but I don’t like that look. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Anyway, now to send to my friend who I know will figure out what beverages to use this for.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/
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