The bottom may be made of two pieces of material, in which case the joint should come exactly under the central partition. This will prevent the joint from showing from the top side of the work when it is completed; it should, however, be carefully done. Square the stock (Chapter II., Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5); lay out and execute the dimensions shown in the drawing.
Square the stock (Chapter II., Paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5) for the partitions. Plane the material the right width; the lengths of these partitions may be cut after the rest of the box is assembled. This will give you a chance to measure the length of each partition, and make it fit perfectly, even if there happens to be a little variation.
The box is to be assembled with brads (Chapter II., Paragraph 21). Nail the end pieces on to the ends of the bottom piece. Make sure that they are exactly even at the outside edges so that when the side pieces come on, they will strike the bottom piece and also the ends. If they are not exactly even, plane them so. Nail the side pieces in position, making sure they are perfectly square with the ends. Test frequently with the try-square in assembling the work. Nail the handle partition in position, and test with the try-square to make sure it stands perpendicularly.
In cutting the short partitions, make them just long enough to fit snugly between the handle partition and the sides. Do not try to force them or they will spread the box out of shape. These partitions are to be fastened in position by nailing through the bottom and sides. The first two may be nailed through the handle partition; the last two will be difficult to nail, although a small brad may be toe-nailed in the top edge of each, if desirable (Chapter II., Paragraph 22).
With a keen block plane go over the outside of your work and plane off any joints that may be uneven. Finish with sandpaper (Chapter II., Paragraph 17). Stain this piece of work any desirable color (Chapter IV., Paragraph 54). If the wood is left unstained, it will soon become soiled, and will not be neat in appearance. Finish with shellac (Chapter IV., Paragraph 57).
Optional and Home Projects Employing Similar Principles.
1. By leaving out the cross partitions, and changing the general design slightly to suit personal taste, a very convenient knife and fork box may be constructed on this plan.
2. The principles set forth in this tray lesson may be employed in making sewing trays, particularly adapted to the needs of school classes. By leaving out all the partitions, and changing the size of the tray as local needs might demand, a very satisfactory receptacle for sewing materials may be provided.