Planning before doing is really important.
This line is what I have learnt from this project for now. Because I planed for like 3 hrs but it did save me a lot of time while doing it.
At first I planned to make five separated but same part of a box. They could either be used single or together. But I find it hard to find a smart enough idea to separate the box. So I change to make 5 boxes in order to learn how to use router table and maybe dowelling jig.
So I measured the wood board that I happened to find in the garbage room of our home. Then I knew what size of the wood I should buy for the missed part of the box. So I went to home depot and bought two 1″*4″*6ft wood back. The interesting thing that I found after I used the router is that, the 1 inch thick is not 1 inch, it is 3/4 inch indeed. (which is sad because I found it after all my assumed measurement and the router cut 🙁
Then I started to cut. I used the band saw to cut my wood board into several pieces and used the giant wheel saw to cut to long wood piece (with Gabe`s help). The giant wheel saw is kind of tricky. Because my wood piece is 6ft long, it was hard to stabilise it onto the saw bed unless you ask someone else for help. I also tried to use clamps to clamp it down. But it did not work because the saw bed is not completely flat. So I ended up using hand to push so hard at it to make it stable. (like the following pics)
These are the wood pieces that I cut and sand.
After all the cutting process, I started to use the router and router table to make box lids.
I use a garbage peace to do a test it turned out to be very necessary. Because the router bit got loosen after I push the wood piece onto it. ( As you can see in the pic) Probably it is because I did not tight it enough.
Then I tightened the router bit and started to rout my wood piece.
After that, I tried to use Dremel to sand it flat. But Gabe told me that it is not necessarily needed. I can just use sand paper to sand it.
The next step is to drill hole in the wood and use the dowelling pins to connect wood piece. But I did not buy a dowelling jig and since it was weekend, I chose to use the old fashion way to drill hole into the centre of the wood side.
I marked how depth I wanted to drill on the drill bit.
My wood looks really rough. So I used sander to sand the edge flat.
Then I assembled them with the wood pins.
The idea at first was not to use glue, but in the end I gave up since I was running out of time.
So I used wood glue to assemble the other side of my boxes.
After they dried out, I put their lids onto them and got my boxes!