The last photo for the School Box. See my Instagram profile for more info.
Iron black on barn red milk paint.
I finally finished up my School Box / Carving Chisels Chests. I’ve been posting along the way on Instagram, so I thought I’d put the whole thing, minus the finish which will be in the next post. Here’s the blow by blow in the captioned pictures.
Making the Carcass
Milling popular for the chest back and sides.
Dovetail lay out.
My amazing Badaxe stiletto dovetail saw.
Tails first .. always.
Sawed out the waste and chiseling out what’s left.
It’s a box with wrap around grain.
Flat enough, now makin’ it pretty.
Trimming down the dovetail ends.
Cleaning up the final outside.
Spacing out the tongue and groove and gluing.
Fitting the bottom and dividers
Making pilot holes for the bottom nails.
Trimming the bottom.
Fitting the dividers.
Making and installing the molding
I used my hollows and rounds to make my mouldings.
Trimmed with my miter box saw.
Nailing through the miters .. w/o splitting the molding.🙂
For more on my the box:
I find manufacturing process fascinating. An now that John Hoffman, Raney Nelson and Chris Schwarz are make tools that I use .. how could I resist posting this?
I got a chance to frame my finished carving. Here’s how I did it.
My carving was made in Alaskan Yellow Cedar.
I decided to mat the carving with AYC as well.
I plowed a groove in the matte material to hold the carving.
Cutting the miters.
Then trimmed the miters with my shooting board. Pretty end grain!
In the clamps with the matte.
I love using hand tools to do this work.
Then I plowed a bead in the external frame with my new beading capability that my new Veritas plow plane.
Mehagany under shellac.
I got a chance over the long weekend to finish up a couple of carving projects. The bowl is made from red alder and the Acanthus leaf is carved in Alaskan yellow cedar.
Some additional seasoning will even out the colors.
Keys that will hopefully keep the bowl from splitting ..
For now, it’ll act as a napkin holder.
Completed Achanthus leaf with a coat of shellac.
Hopefully more carving soon.
In the photo gallery I walk through how I did the end of the rays in the Sunburst carving. See previous posts for more information.
First I draw what I’m about to cut with the v-chisel.
Then I cut with the v-chisel and then I cut the second interior line with a 5/14 gouge.
Next the external line slicing with the 3/14.
Progress to date.
This week I’m working on a project in Mary’s class under her wise guidance. I promised myself that I would take lots of pictures of the progress as I went along and talk a bit about the cuts that I’m making.
So here goes.
I started by v-chiseling out the middle then lowering the background around it.
Then I cut with my v-chisel along the rays and deepened the v-chisel track with a flat beveled chisel.
Then I rounded the rays. More on how I did the ends tomorrow.