Practice box complete.

It’s finished!

4 coats of poly-spray, sanded with 220 paper in between each coat.  Final coat got a rubbing of newspaper (I didn’t have any brown paper bags) and it came out better than I expected.

I mortised the hinges in the lid with a utility knife to mark the lines, then used my chisels to cut out the notch.IMAG2489

Once I was done, I had a nice flush fit of the hinges in the lid.IMAG2490

I was going to do the same for the hinges that were attached to the back of the box, but even without mortising them in, the lid sat a little towards the front (maybe 1/16″) and it was enough that if I cut a mortise, the lid would be too far to the front.  Looking at it from the front, no one but me would notice, but it would bug me.

Also, I noticed the lid cupped a bit during the staining and finishing process.  I was very surprised to see just how much (maybe 1/16″).  I realized then that I didn’t apply the last 2 coats of finish to the underside of the lid (or the last 2 coats of stain) because I was running low on both.  Aha!  Lesson learned.  This box has been full of learning.  I love it.IMAG2496

More importantly, my better half likes it!IMAG2492

Yeah, gotta love the expedient screwdriver lid-prop.

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About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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