Midnight Woodworking

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Shadow box – day 3

Well, I hadn’t really planned how the glass would be held in place yet. After thinking about it for a bit, I decided to route a 1/8″ groove down the two sides and the bottom.

Grooves cut for the glass

Grooves cut for the glass

I cut 1/8″ off of the back of the top so the glass could slide in. 

Glass installed

Glass installed

Cutting the tounges on the retainer blank

Cutting the tounges on the retainer blank

Then made a 1/8″ piece that would slide into the grooves and be held in place with a single screw. This piece will keep the glass in place.

Retainer blank installed

Retainer blank installed

Next I installed the hinges on the box. I butted them up to a board that I ran parallel to the side of the box. This kept them lined up.

Hinges installed on box

Hinges installed on box

I placed two strips of double-sided tape on the hinges and centered the frame over the box. The double-sided tape held the frame in place so that I could drill the pilot holes and get a couple of screws on to hold everything together. After testing to see if it would close properly, I ran a knife along the side of the hinges to mark the mortise locations in the frame.

locating hinges with double-sided tape

locating hinges with double sided tape

With the mortises located, I used a 3/4″ forstner bit to hog out most of the material.

Cutting the bulk of the mortises

Cutting the bulk of the mortises

 

Cleaning mortises on the frame

Cleaning mortises on the frame

I used my chisel to cut in the square corners then clean the pocket out.

Hinges installed

Hinges installed

I reinstalled the screws for the hinges and tested it out.

Frame attached and closed

Frame attached and closed

With that finished, I needed something to hold the book in place.

Roughing the shape of the book retainers

Roughing the shape of the book retainers

I decided on a couple pieces of walnut with ears sticking up to catch the corners of the book.

Shaping the retainers on the spindle sander

Shaping the retainers on the spindle sander

Cutting away the waste

Cutting away the waste

I cut away the small waste piece by hand and sanded the ear.

Waste piece removed

Waste piece removed

Using the book, I centered and located the retainers.

Locating the book retainers

Locating the book retainers

I decided to put a 1/4″ round-over on the inside and outside edge of the frame. This was most accurately and safetly attained on the router table. Freehanding the router on such a narrow piece would have been a little wobbly.

Rounding over the inner and outer edges of the frame

Rounding over the inner and outer edges of the frame

With the book retainers glued in place then held with a couple 3/4″ pins, I sanded everything down smooth.

Book retainers installed

Book retainers installed

 

Applying the first coat

Applying the first coat

I applied the first coat of polyurethane, then left it to dry over night.

First coat applied

First coat applied

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