There is the jewellery box build part complete. I have to scrap the old finish off the top two drawer pulls, sand some edges and begin to finish the case.
I think I will wait to shellac and varnish this project for a while. Currently it is very hot and humid in our area and I know that humid air can case clouding as shellac dries and really slow the drying time on varnish. Since I don't have a dedicated finishing room long drying times mean varnish with dust and cat hair embedded, so I am going to wait until this hot humid spell breaks before I undertake the last stage of this project.
What have I learned from this project?
a; Don't just wing it. make a plan and a cut list, even for a one time project.
b: I still really like elm, it has a cool grain and colour.
c: consider drawers more carefully for the next project.
d: fasteners really speed up the process, a glue only project can be slow.
e: you can never have too many clamps
f: if you are doing a project like this don't cut corners on materials, prepare extra pieces in case you change your mind, or.....cut something too short.
g: you need a really good, small square when making things this size.
h: take your time.