I would like to thank everyone for the prayers and kind words after the death of my father. Having found solace in the words of Robert Scott Holland, I ventured back into the shop the other day to continue work on my oak box.
Picking up where I had left off, I fitted the till parts and nailed the carcass together. I used some thin poplar for the till bottom and front. The lid is alder, which was resawn to a thickness of 3/8 of an inch.
Before resawing the alder lid, I carved a smaller version of the pattern from the front of the box. I think it turned out quite well.
I managed to cut and install poplar hinge cleats to the top before running out of daylight.
The top has a bead molded at the front edge and a bit of carving, punch work, and scallops at the sides.
When it stops raining, I’ll slather on a coat of boiled linseed oil and turpentine, and call this box complete!