A Pine Box

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I mentioned a few posts ago that I took a woodworking course in February. Here are a few photos of the project I built in class – a blanket box made of pine.

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I developed a new respect for tablesaws in this class. We did bevels, rabbet and dado joins with them.

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We started from raw lumber, laminating boards to make the top, bottom and sides. Plenty of thickness planing and sanding – but it wasn’t so bad – we used machine tools for nearly all of it. When I took my guitar making course, years ago, it was mostly with hand tools.

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The course I took was Woodworking level 1 at Camosun College with Russ Franson. It was a great course. Russ mentioned that woodworking had been in his family for as many generations as he knew.

He mentioned that he learned many of these skills from his great-grandfather, who had a shop where he built coffins.

When he mentioned that, I think I knew where he got the idea for the project he had us all build, but I think I’m still calling mine a blanket box.

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