As stated in an earlier post, 2023 started with a carved mahogany box for my daughter, Gretchen. Given just a few parameters, like it needs to hold six three-inch-diameter Mason jars and space for two-and-three-eights-inch-tall odds and ends, I arrived at the following design.
Having received carte blanche as to the species of lumber to be used, I chose a nice piece of mahogany. It should be no surprise that I also decided to add a bit of carving.
I used the old tried and true rebated butt joint at the corners of the carcase. The 3/8-inch thick poplar dividers were half-lapped and secured via dados in the back and sides. Grooves held the 1/4-inch poplar floorboards.
Before attaching the front, I needed to rip-cut the drawer front.
In addition to a 1/2-inch by 3/4-inch rebate, half-blind dovetails secured the drawer sides to the 3-inch wide front.
Before final assembly, the carcase and drawer received a healthy slathering of shop-made red wine dye – a 50% reduction of Cabernet Sauvignon. A shop-made black dye colors the poplar top and bottom.
So, how did you spend the first month of 2023?