2011-02-20 Maple and Ziricote Toolbox

This is the results of a learning process. When I made http://www.flutterby.net/File:CharleneOrganizerFirstiPhonePic.jpg, I had some problems with drawers sticking. In fact, the drawers are now in the reverse order from how I first put it together (and the design I had in mind when I laid out the wood for the drawer fronts) because for some reason the combination of the top drawer with the top wooden rails just never worked.

So this piece was primarily a chance to play with drawer techniques when using non-mechanical slides (in this case, oak rails screwed to the side of the carcase, slots in the side of the drawers). A few lessons learned:

Drawers are Poplar, with Ziricote faces from the seconds pile at http://www.lmii.com/, they were once destined to be guitar backs. The two pieces weren't face matched, so I joined the sequence there in the center, it didn't work as well as I'd hoped.

Handles are from a block pulled from one of the buckets of wood scraps donated by http://www.griffinokie.com/ for Family Build Night. I'm not sure what it is. Of course those are sequenced down the face.

Sides are maple, and next time I think I'll do an analine dye, or do my first few coats with an amber shellac, to make it pop more.

There are a bunch of flaws, somehow I ended up cutting the fronts shut a hair shy of where I wanted to, the dovetails got a little sloppy in the glue-up, but it was a great learning process, and it'll look better in my shop than the red metal toolbox that it's going to replace.

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