Ring Box archive
Wednesday 4 December 2013
We bring you this excerpt from Woodworking From Offcuts
If you have already made a bench hook and shooting board, you are already halfway there with this project. This is a perfect way to hone your sawing, marking and trimming techniques on small components as well as using up precious offcuts of exotic timber and veneer. The proportions need not be square and, although this project is presented as a ring box, it could be adapted to store larger items.
The key to success with this project is to make sure your stock is planed flat and square on all four faces, so pay attention to which side of the line you are working to. There are 24 mating edges on this cube, all of which are visible,
so cut over-size and trim to fit to achieve the best results.
STEP 1Select your offcuts; I used lengths of purpleheart and some bird's eye maple veneer for this project and cut the veneer slightly wider than the purpleheart.
STEP 2Apply a thin coat of glue to one face of the solid timber (not veneer). Spread the glue evenly across the whole width of the board.
STEP 3Sandwich the solid timber and veneer together using one of the solid timber boards as a press. Apply pressure with clamps evenly across the stack.
STEP 4Cut a rebate on two edges of the veneered face and a corresponding groove to two edges of the plane board. Try to achieve a reasonably tight fit with the veneered surface set slightly lower than the edge of the board.
STEP 5Cut and trim a square edge on the veneered board and set a marking gauge to the width of the rebate.
STEP 6Transfer this measurement to the end and cut the shoulder to form a full-width tenon.
STEP 7Use a shoulder plane to trim the tenon to size.
STEP 8Mark out for the shoulder on the other end, remembering to cut the right side of the line.
STEP 9Use the first component to measure out for the second. The most important edge is the shoulder line, not the overall dimension, which can be reduced to fit later.
STEP 10Label the meeting component edges before marking out for the corner mitres.
STEP 11Cut the mitres over-size with the aid of a mitre block clamped to your bench hook.
STEP 12Trim the mitres with a low-angle block plane on the shooting board with a mitred support block in front and behind.
STEP 13If you under-cut any of the mitres you can adjust the shoulder lines of the insert, but remember to alter the top and the bottom. You might find it easier to glue the box up in two halves.
STEP 14Use a cabinet scraper to trim the top and bottom edges of the box to the veneer.
Use a marking gauge to mark out where you want the lid of the box to be.