To make a box 3

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I finish flushing off the pins and tails with a sharp hand plane.

walnut-collectors-box-22  Time to cut the lid off. Back on the router table for this. I have kept the front and back over size so I have a flat surface to run on the bed of the machine for this operation.

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Another “heart in the mouth” moment over. The lid is safely detached from the rest of the box.

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I keep the sides over length as it’s much easier to hold the box lid. Here I’m planing the surface smooth.

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I use the same jig for putting in the groove for the lid panel for the groove for the ebony stringing.

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Finally it’s time to cut the waste wood off the front and back of the lid. I remove most of it on the table saw with the blade on an angle.

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I then finish off with a hand plane.

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The next step is to cut the grooves for the knife hinges. The router table is ideal for this.

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Starting work on the drawer runners here. I am using an engineers square to set the runner accurately.

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Once in position I drill holes for 6mm dowels which will ensure the runner is in the exact position for glue up.