I need to make a base next. I used elm to create the base. Elm has character and a miserable grain that is stringy and does not lend itself to nice case work. I knew that but ignored myself.
|box base clamped on|
my mini bench topper.
What did I learn? I learned that next time I will choose my wood more carefully. The front board of the base has a knot on the edge. Were I not beading the edge it wouldn't matter as much. And if this project was for someone else, I would have had to begin again. Since this is my box, I'll fudge the finish on the front and hide the wee problem. I also learned that I really like working with the beading tool and will use it more in the future. (it is a bit slow, or at least I am slow using it)
My work with the beading tool is self taught. I scratched a shallow bead on all sides (6 beads) and then set the blade for a deeper cut and did all six slots again. I also found that sometimes the scrapper worked better on a push cut than on the pull.
The other thing I did but doesn't really show in the photograph was use a hand plane to created the 1/4 inch round over. I laid it out with my marking gauge.
and planed the corner to the marks with my block plane.
I have to next decide and make the drawers I am thinking four. One deep, two not so deep and the top drawer very shallow. That is for tomorrow.