Thursday, 1 December 2016

Making a Wooden Box for my 4x5 Film

I wanted a small wooden box to hold two packs of Shanghai Pan 100 sheet film. I had some nice beech hardwood that I could use.
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Using the ‘shooting board’ and plane to make the ends square. I planned to use use butt joints for this as I am about to go on holiday and I want to take the finished box with me.
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Quick glue up using a box clamp.
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Some boards I had previously glued up for a different project that went nowhere. These would be the top and bottom of the box.
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The boards glued on the top and bottom and a heavy weight added. In the future I will use clamps, as this didn’t work so well. Sad smile
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Closed box with oversized edges. Next to trim down the edges, then cut the box open.
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I used a little wooden block plane to trim the boards down to size, along with a sander when close.
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Looking good so far. Smile
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Carefully cutting the box open by hand.
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Success!
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Gluing little pieces in to held keep the lid in the right place as the box closes. This will also help the clasp align.
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The clasp I plan to use.
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Hinges and clasp fitted.
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The shut line is a little uneven Sad smile
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But the two boxes of film fit like a charm Smile
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I adjusted the hinges a bit to get a better shut line, then gave it a nice coat of bee’s wax furniture polish. Job done.

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