I have been drawing and painting for a couple of years and now and I've got good enough that I am not embarrassed by my efforts. Sometimes I try to on paint outside and have decided to make myself a Pochade Box. If you do a search of pochade box plans or complete boxes for sale on the internet there are 100's of different boxes available.
The first part of the project was deciding what I wanted included in the box.
In my box I want water colour paint, water bottles and the leather pencil case has pencils, pens, brushes and other tools. I decided that I needed a box that was 10 inches by 12 inches.
To make the box I used a piece of 2 x 4. Once the 2 x 4 has been jointed, sawed and planed it is actually pretty nice wood with which to work. I used all the power tools at hand to get the wood ready. I used my King Jointer to get a flat face and edge and then cut a parallel side on my table saw. Once I had a square board I sliced the 2 x 4 into 1/2 inch boards on my band saw I ran the thin boards through my Planer.
I have my box nailed and clamped together while the glue sets. I will cut the box apart tomorrow. At this point I like the grain of the sides, this 2 x 4 was a nice bit of wood. Once I get every thing sanded on the out side I will glue dividers on the inside and then I have to decide what I want to to about the lid. I don't think I am going to hinge the lid, thought that is the traditional method. I think I will making the lid a 'fit over' type.
Tomorrow I am at the kids house for a birthday so it will be Sunday before I can get hardware and carry on with this projects.