By Norm Abram
Whole step by step instructions observed by means of photos and line drawings spotlight a suite of ten Shaker encouraged designs for woodworkers of assorted ability degrees.
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Fiin groove along the bottom edge of each side to accept the base, and sand the inside of each piece smooth. To assemble the sides and base, wait until the base is dry, lightly sand with 1200 grit wet and dry paper and 0000 steel wool. Assemble the sides and base to check for fit and squareness. Then take apart and repeat the assembly with glue. 48 • BOX-MAKING PROJECTS PREPARING THE LID The framework glued together ready for the miter splines and the lid planed to size ready for decoration. The inset shows a detail of the sloped rabbet that allows the lid to tilt.
A router and router table should be used for this, but if you don't own a router, which is by far the easiest and most efficient way of cutting this joint, see steps 3 and 4 below. LID (walnut 1 piece) -3 x % x '53/Min BASE (walnut 1 piece) *3 X '/„ X *5%Jn "Allowance for cutting off the lid 'Allowance for waste To cut the rabbets at the ends of the front and back of the box on the router, you need a straight bit at least %in in diameter. Set the fence to a height two-thirds the thickness of the ends, to remove exactly the thickness of the ends from the front and back.
58 • BOX-MAKING PROJECTS Assemble the box with the glass, but don't glue it until it all fits together comfortably. Disassemble and place one piece of glass in front of you, put your chosen filling - dried leaves or grasses, for example - on the glass. Place the other sheet on top. The six sides and three pieces of glass, cut and ready for assembly. INSTALLING SPLINES Tape one double edge together and place the opposite edge in the double slot of one side of the box. Put the piece for the base in the other slot.