Dovetailed waste paper bin.
Here are some pics and instructions for a simple project, this is over three posts.
Make a waste bin (or two).
The box will be made of 6.5 mm. mdf and will be dimensioned as thus.
270 mm high, 240 mm wide tapering to 170mm. At the foot.
A scalloped top edge will be formed and a rounded recess at the foot
First a drawing of the shape will be needed, but only one half because of keeping symmetry, as in picture 1. This is essential.
The drawing will be glued onto a piece of mdf to a square line at the centre, picture 2
Cut out following the pencil lines with a jigsaw or other appropriate tool, as in picture 3.
Clean up to the lines with a plane and with sanders as in pictures 4.
5. and 6
Cut a piece of mdf a little larger than twice the size of the shape needed as in Picture 7 put in a centre line and trim roughly to shape but oversize.
Attach the half template to the blank against the centre line with three spots of hot melt glue as in pictures 8 and 9
Then trim off with a router and bearing guided cutter to shape, (I use a Freud 2oooc.v.e. with a C.M.T. heavy duty trim cutter in my very old home made table and a very old router, I might add). Picture10.
Prise off the pattern and reverse it making sure you put the straight edge to the line do the same as previously to the other side. Picture 11
Prise off the pattern and you will have a good representation of a box side. Picture 12.
Mark up enough 6.5 mdf for the box or boxes, four sides to each and cut out the blanks but oversize as before, Picture 13.
Using three spots of hot melt glue, stick the now ready pattern, to one of the blanks, picture 14
Trim off as you did before with the original half pattern, as in picture 15.
This will be done with each side in turn, whether you are making one or more.
Now we must make a groove to accept the bottom of the box, here I have fitted a 7mm. Single flute cutter to the router in the table, I have also clamped on a piece of timber to form a continuous fence rather than my high split fence. Set the cutter to half the thickness of the timber, i.e. 3mm. And set the fence to cut a groove about 10mm. above the lowest point of the box. Now a simple matter of running across the cutter to form a groove, as in picture 16. Being mdf. some furring will occur; just sand out and the grooves are ready to accept the base. It will be seen as being easier if the cutting of the base is left until the point of final assembly.
Picture 17 here shows the four sides trimmed and bottoms grooved and are now ready for the dovetailer.
Lay out the four pieces and number each edge from 1 to 4, you will note that the beginning and also the end are both numbered 1. Picture 18
Picture 19 shows the sides being dovetailed in pairs in a jig, this is a C.M.T. jig which I own and I have 12mm and 6mm dovetail plates to go with it. Here I will be using a 6mm. Dovetail plate and cutter. I have decided not to go into the intricacies of the jig as so many of you will have your own jig and of different manufacture, I will only suffice it to say that I have found the Cmt. Jig to be all its cracked up to be and is a first class piece of equipment, and almost foolproof, it needs to be for me.
Picture 20 shows the four sides after cutting pins and tails. I have used blind dovetail joints because the jig is set for that.
Picture 21 shows three sides put together, I have brushed a small amount of P.V.A. glue onto the tails prior to assembly, having got the three sides together you can measure and cut the base, make it small enough to slip in and do not glue into place.
Picture 22 shows the dovetail pins with P.V.A. glue applied, as before described, and the final fitting.
Here is the finally finished product, namely a simple waste bin, a little rubbing with abrasive paper on the edges will result in a finer finish, when ready, give all the surfaces a coat of sanding sealer and lightly rub down when dry. Picture 23.
I finished mine with two coats of magnolia emulsion and a final coat of clear acrylic varnish. Picture 24.
I did in fact make three of these, finished just as I have described, I put some pictures on the sides for decoration and varnished over again. Picture 25.
I took the pictures from a computer clip-art disc; I used cartoon animals for the little girls bedroom, flowers for her mother and man things like racing cars, bikes, spanners and gardening tools for the other one.
If you should wish to do similar, you must seal the pictures before cutting out, either an acrylic spray varnish, possibly two or three coats from a hair spray, but whatever, the ink will run if you do not, brush a coat of Acrylic clear varnish to finish when attached and the adhesive is dry.
Tools and equipment needed
6, 9, or 12 mm mdf, (for template.)
6mm mdf for the waste bins.
Jigsaw or other means of cutting to shape.
Router, here I have used two routers, one heavy duty in a table, the other being a medium duty router that I use for dovetailing and other uses. You may not have everything but you can get by on less.
P.v.a. glue, sanding sealer, and whatever you decide to finish with.
Tape measure, square, pencil etc.