Wood Ball

(at the drawer opening) with short-grain slips of your show wood.

Making strong splines—To producc a strong, "short-grain" spline, the grain should run perpendicular to the length of the spline. (Sec drawing.)

Stopping the bottom rabbets—When rabbeting the sides to receive the bottom, make sure to stop the cuts so the rabbets won't be visible when the drawer is opened. I used a dado blade for this operation, clamping a stop block to the rip fence. To avoid having to pivot one of the sides into the blade, I made one of the stopped cuts with the fence to the left of the blade.

Joining the drawer—I chose finger joints for the drawer's corner joints because they're strong, yet quicker to make than dovetails. I cut the joints on the tablesasv with a simple indexing jig attached to the miter gauge. (For more on finger joints, see AW #5. November/December 1988, page 48.) 1 relied on the drawer front to conceal the bottom grooves where they show at the front of the drawer box. (See drawing.)

Adding the feet—Before installing the ball feet, I brushed them with gold enamel and lightly sanded the flat parts to remove any dried paint. (See drawing.) I screwed and glued the feet to the underside of the bottom before assembling the case.

Gluing up—Glue up the sides, the divider, and the bottom of the box at the same time. Since the divider and bottom are made from plywood, you can glue them into the grooves in the box sides without worrying about wood movement. The bottom also adds stability to the corner joints. I used three band clamps to pull the miters in tight.

Edging the bottom—Once you've glued up the box, glue a strip of wood onto the front edge of the bottom to conccal the plywood edge.

Attaching the drawer front and ball pull—I drilled two in. holes in the drawer box, plus a smaller hole for the pull, then secured the drawer front to the drawer with washers and two #8 screws. The oversized holes allowed me to position the drawer front precisely in the opening. With the drawer front in placc, I attached the ball pull to the drawer facc with a dab of glue and a screw from inside the drawer.

Once the box is completed, apply a couple coats of your favorite finish. T hen fill the top compartment to a depth of about 2 in. with fine white sand. Get yourself some candles, a chilled bottle of cabernet or champagne, play some music, and turn out the lights. I find the box works best with two people. Of course, that's just personal preference. A

GLENN HUGHES is a graphic artist and woodworker living in Pennsylvania.


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