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||This is one of those "fly by the seat of my pants" projects.
Having never made a music box or a jewelry box, and not being able to find
plans i liked, i was certainly on my own. I started with 1/4" cherry, an
oval mirror, some hinges, catch and of course a music box.
||Here I just started laying out some pieces that looked
nice. The only determine factor was to make room for the mirror in the
lid. I have made many small boxes before, all with "box joints" in the
corners. So I planed to do the same here.
||Heres a pic of cutting the fingers of the box joint in
the end pieces. The jig being used is from Wood magazine, issue Feb. '89.
There is also a simplier jig in the pages of Woodsmith, Oct, '00.
These fingers are 1/4" wide and 1/4" long. However, the
dado blade is 1/32" higher so the fingers will be slightly proud of the
joint. They will be sanded flush later. A little more on the jig
||You will have to make some test pieces to be sure your
jig is setup properly. In the process of setting up the finger jig, i made
some tools from these test pieces, for driving the joints together later.
Notice that they are slightly different.
||Here are two of the sub assemblies in the clamps. each
consists of one short side and one long side. This is where that tool we
made earlier comes into play.
||The appropriate tool is placed against the pins of the
joint, and driven down into the joint. Then the assembly is flipped over,
and the other tool is used on the other pins. This makes for a very tight
and strong joint.
Before the glue dries, be sure to clean it off the inside.
The outside glue will be cleaned off when the pins are sanded flush.`