I counted my many blessings, put on some relaxing music, and dove back in to the Schoolbox. For just a little while I was able to forget about the destruction left by Sandy.
On to attaching the bottom to the sides. Now keep in mind this project is supposed to be built with 19th century methods. So attachment of the base is with hide glue and cut nails. Grain orientation of the bottom runs from front to back as discussed in "The Joiner" to account for seasonal swelling and shrinking. However, I went with a left to right grain orientation because I don't think this box will experience a variety of temperature changes. My air conditioning goes on in March and doesn't get turned off until November.
|You can just about make out the hide glue facing the front of the box|
|Clamping the bottom to the sides after gluing just the front|
|Cut nails have a wedge and it's important to configure it to match the direction of the grain|
|Dividers are used to get exact spacing after the left-most and right-most nails are in|
|Nails are angled for extra holding stremgth then nailed home with a nail set|
Once the bottom was fastened, it's now time to get it flush with the sides. For end grain I made sure I had a good sharp blade and moistened the ends with denatured alcohol.
|A trick learned from Chris Schwarz. Using denatured alcohol to soften end grain makes planing it easier|
|Lie Nielsen Jack plane made quick work of flattening the box|
|Tails look pretty good|
Next step is to install a removable self inside the box. Thanks for looking.