Make a Decorative Box

Making this quite simple looking box is an excellent way to begin developing your practical skills.

You will learn how to use files to shape and form ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
You will mark out and drill diameter 3mm holes.
Apply oil to finish and protect softwood and plywood.
Use a Forster bit to create a deep blind hole.
Use a laser cutter to cut an acrylic disk.
Mark out and permanently fix the acrylic disk to accurate locate the lid.
Use a disk sander to work wood based materials, and a buffing wheel to polish metals.
You will permanently locate your metal feature using 25 mm Annular Ring nails or 18 mm tacks.
Not a quite so simple box after all!!


Your tasks

Study the engineering drawing for the box.

Produce a materials list of all the materials that you will need to make the box.

Produce sentences that describe the sequence you will follow to make the box. You may wish to produce a flow chart.

Collect all of the materials that you will need.

Your first practical task is to design and make your metal feature. You will have an opportunity to work with both ferrous and non-ferrous metal. You will be able to “feel” the difference between each type of metal as you work with them.

Mark out the position of the nails holes with a centre punch.

Drill holes in your metal feature for the nails to pass through into the Plywood lid.

Apply oil and permanently fix your polished metal feature to the lid.

Mark out and drill the deep blind hole into the wooden base using the Forstner bit. Make sure the machine vice is secured to the drilling table with at least two G Cramps; Forstner bits create a large turning force!!

Repeat the same operation to produce a shallow blind hole to a depth of only 1mm..Perfect way to accurately Locate the Acrylic disk to the underside of the lid.

Cut out your acrylic disk and secure it tightly to underside of lid using a glue gun; be careful, Glue Guns Get Can Cause Burns!!

Locate lid onto the Box base, and use the Disc Sander to blend the lid and box to create a seamless join.

Apply a few coats of oil, and enjoy your new decorative box!!