Wood Workshop

After a quick demonstration on using the Ban-saw and Belt Sander, we were set the task of making our own trinket box. It was a fairy simple object that uses the majority of the machinery available to us in the wood workshop, so it was a good place to start.

IMG_0457IMG_0459We began with 4 pieces of wood, that were pre-cut to the length that we had chosen; I decided on a 6×10″ box.

We then marked the width of the shortest piece onto the longest sides. This would be our guideline for making the single rabbet join we would be using later on.

After that we cut these sections out using the Ban-Saw, (although the one I used was fairly blunt and seemed to just burn through the wood instead of actually cutting it). Once we had done this, we could join the pieces using both nails and glue to form the basic shape of the box.


IMG_0466IMG_0467We then glued the base and lid to the box frame and left it to dry until the next session. This seemed a bit anti-intuitive to me at first, but we would later cut the lid off again. This was to ensure the lid would sit flush to the rest of the box, as otherwise it would be very difficult to make a lid that would actually fit.

IMG_0569 IMG_0570Once we came back to the workshop and the glue had finished drying, we trimmed off the excess wood and began the sanding process.
First we used the belt sander to make the surface level. Then we used the hand power sanders to get rid of the circular scratches and smooth the surfaces further. We started with a large grain and worked our way up to finer grains.

IMG_0621IMG_0622When we had finished sanding, we chose the trim we wanted on our lid and then separated it from the rest of the box.
Again I had to use the blunt ban-saw, which made quite a mess of the inside and once I got to sawing through the other side of the box I had to really push it through the saw, so the line ended up being slightly skewered.

IMG_0625 IMG_0631After I had cleaned it up I could begin varnishing.
I decided on the teak varnish as I thought it had an overall better finish to it. I worked on about 2/3 coats and left it to dry again.
Then I could wax the surface and buff it with a cloth for a really smooth finish.

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The final thing left to do was add on the “furniture” such as the hinges, latch and small decorations. We attached the hinges and latch using small screws, which proved to be quite fiddly. For the small ornaments, we simply nailed them into place in an arrangement that we liked. We also had the opportunity to add a handle to the lid of the box, but I felt this was a bit too much as I was already happy with the design of my lid.

I still would like to add some sort of material to the inside of my box to really finish it off as I’m not that happy with how it looks inside, I would most probably use some sort of felt.


Overall I really enjoyed this workshop, it was nice to have an object that I could actually use by the end of it and I find viewing the transformation of the wood throughout the process particularly interesting. I even felt quite comfortable using the machines though I was fairly inexperienced on them beforehand, so I definitely could see myself pursuing this workshop for later projects; however I would probably be more interested in creating more organic forms with the wood through carving and turning.


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