|The School Box is done!|
|Another glamor shot.|
|Not the ultimate hinges, but they are very good, and they were available locally.|
|It was a bit breezy, so I had to snap this picture fast before the lid could fall and potentially ruin my project.|
To make the paste wax I melted some beeswax in a double boiler, added approximately an equal amount of turpentine, and let it cool.
It was then only a matter of applying the wax in my usual way, waiting about 20 minutes for the turpentine to evaporate, then I buffed it off. I am pleased with the result.
|A beeswax paste wax gives this project a nice sheen.|
Time will tell how it will hold up, but today I am pleased with the result.
After Action Report (AAR):
- I feel that I was able to complete this project with no compromises.
- It was good to see the dovetails go together from the saw using Mule-saw-inspired workholding.
- Planing on the floor isn't as nice as planing on a Roubo workbench, but the results are perfectly satisfactory. My biggest complaint is my bones and muscles aren't what they used to be, and it doesn't take long of doing this on the floor before things start to get sore.
- I had considered making this project with only tools from my Beginner's Tool Kit (jack plane, a couple chisels, Japanese saw, and a few marking tools), but decided instead to only limit myself to the tools I brought with me to Spain. Except I permitted myself to buy a clamp. I see that I also bought a compass for 1.50 Euro, and used that for dovetail layout.
- Making milk paint is fun, cheap, and easy. I'm pretty sure anyone could do what I did with ingredients that are already in your house.
- Turning some of the kitchen fixtures permanently green leads to a stern lecture from the Frau.
- Having lots of natural light to work with almost makes up for not having a proper shop.
- I have no idea what angle my dovetails are. I randomly set the bevel gauge to an angle that looked pleasing to the eye.
|All of the tools I used for this project.|
- Veritas Bevel Up jack plane.
- Dick Saw in the Ryobi configuration.
- Three vintage chisels, a big one, a medium one, and a small one.
- A chunk of particle board about a foot wide and two feet long that I used as a work surface.
- Marking and layout tools:
- self-made marking knife with Hock blade.
- Starrett 6 inch adjustable square.
- Veritas marking gauge.
- vintage folding two-foot rule.
- Shinwa bevel gauge.
- the absolute cheapest school compass I could find.
- Bow saw.
- Screw driver handle with Festool bits.
- Vintage Frost/Mora Swedish slojd knife.
- Blue Spruce mallet.
- Vintage egg beater drill with a very small drill bit.
- A hammer for driving nails, and a tiny hammer for blade adjusting.
- Arbornet sand paper (P180).
- Card scraper.
- Cheapo paint brush.
- Cheapo f-style clamp.
- Sharpening stones with two of Dan's whetstones, a white one and a black one, a DuoSharp course diamond plane for grinding and keeping the oilstones flat, and a hunk of leather for a strop (bare with no polishing compound).
|The Frau bought me this pencil sharpener.|
I also wanted to remind myself that spending all my time building shop fixtures and tools is nice, but sometimes one should just buckle down and get a project done. Sometimes I forget that the point of all that fancy shop accessories is for building furniture in the first place.
Lastly, I wanted to hopefully inspire a beginning woodworker to just get out there and start building. They may not have all the tools and shop fixtures they think they need to do woodworking, but a lot can be done with less than you think.
|One last glamor shot.|
With all of that said, I think a few shop fixtures, even in my home office would not go amiss. I find that I really miss most from my home shop my tool chest. I think a Dutch tool chest would be a fine addition to this shop. A sawbench that doubles as a stand for it would be perfect. I think the sawbench first...
If you would like to see all of my blog posts for this build, here they are: