For today's project, I wanted to get up from my electronics desk, and get into the wood shop. My wife has been asking for a jewelry box, so I decided to try to do it in a single day using a technique called a "band saw box". This technique takes all the complex design and joinery out of building a box with drawers. I drew my design free hand directly on the wood, then made all the cuts on my band saw, again free hand.
Even though it's a lot easier than flat panel construction, it's still wood working, and demands a certain precision. I took some shortcuts here and there and paid for it later when I screwed up the bottom half of the box so badly I had to cut it off and throw it away. Yes, the original design had four drawers. I made the decision to take this drastic step about 5:00 pm this evening, and I was about ready to bag the whole project and call today a fail. I'm glad I didn't give up, because even as it is the box brought a smile to my wife's face. Although her first comment was "You do realize it's not big enough, right?"
Well, that's all for tonight. Tomorrow I pick the soldering iron back up.