I am making another sliding lid box for my strops and rouge. All was going well in Disneyland until it came time to make the grooves.
|what I'm trying to avoid/clean up|
|new box all cut out|
|not much to plug|
|using the original sliding lid|
|using the first box to get my rabbet depth|
|layout for the finger grabbie thingie|
|gouge this time - no drill and jig|
|I put a chamfer on the edges|
|won't fit where I want to put it|
|more than enough for the clock|
A couple of weeks back Brain Eve wrote a blog entry about being perfect. I've been thinking about that since then and how it applies to my hand tool woodworking. I made one large wall clock entirely by hand using S4S pine. That was a large project and it was easy to get everything the same. Were all the parts perfectly the same? No they weren't but everything went together well and the finished project looks good to my eye.
I decided to see if I could duplicate that effort with this box that was a tad bit smaller than the clock. The hardest part for me on both projects, was ripping out the pieces and then planing the edges square and the getting the widths parallel. Squaring the ends and getting them to same lengths was a lot easier.
I expected problems making the box due to the size of the pieces but it didn't happen. After I glued the box up, the corners on the top and bottom were pretty much flush. On one side of the box the tails were proud of the pins but planing during cleanup took take of that.
So does everything have to be dead nuts perfect? No it doesn't. I remember my father telling me you only have to fool the eyes to be perfect. Now I think I understand what he meant.
"I found there is only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people."