Creative Woodworks & crafts 2005-09, страница 35

Creative Woodworks & crafts 2005-09, страница 35

Put a small puddle of wood glue on a piece of old newspaper. Use a toothpick or old scroll saw blade to apply glue to the pins and tails and put the joints together. Use four clamping blocks and two clamps to clamp fhe box sides together. Remove any glue squeeze-out from inside the joints of the glued up sides. A flat blade screwdriver works well for this. Note: Dovetail joints seem to clamp up OK, but box joints can slip out of position. Check the box with a square before the glue sets and adjust as needed.

Making and attaching the box bottom

Use a belt sander to flatten both ends of the glued up box sides. Set the box on the wood for the bottom and trace around the outside edges of the box. Cut the bottom just outside the pencil lines so it will be slightly larger than the actual base of the box. Glue and clamp the box bottom onto the box sides. Clean up any glue squeeze-out on the inside of the box. After the glue dries, use the belt sander to sand fhe sides and box bottom smooth. Apply the finish of your choice.

Halt dovetail and box joint keys

You can also make interesting joints that look like half dovetail and box joint keys. If making the dovetail joints, reduce the width measurements of two box sides by 1 /2'. so they measure 1/4" x 2-1/4" x 3-1/2'. (The other two sides will remain at 1 /4" x 2-3/4" x 3-1 /2" ) Glue a l/4"-thick x 1/4"-wide x 3-l/2'-long strip of contrasting color wood 1o the two long edges of the smaller box side pieces. All four sides will now be 2-3/4"-wide. Let the glue dry completely, then cutout fhe dovetail joints as in the previous directions. For the box joints, follow the same process, using 3-1/4"-long box sides.

For questions concerning this project, send a SASE fo: Gary MocKoy, 2779 Canvasbock Trail, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588; email: gmackoy@sccoast.net 'vj

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