See, I told you the kolrosing would jump out when I applied the finish. Three coats of clear shellac, a good rub down with steel wool and a couple coats of paste wax puts these in the done column and ready for Christmas. To complete them as gifts I’ll put a carton of my favorite pencils in each of them along with a decent pencil sharpener.
I remember how much I stressed over the first one that I made while following the project on Woodworking Masterclasses. The instruction was superb, but the techniques where new to me. Dovetails, grooves, raised panel and a decorative bead. There is a lot of woodworking crammed into this “simple” little box. A fantastic practice piece for sure.
Now I build these to relax. Not that they just fall of the end of my saw fully assembled or anything. I still have to work for it. Nor are they anywhere near perfect. But still, building these is now like spending the afternoon with an old friend. I just wish I could figure out how to get them to buy the Guinness. 😉