Side note and spoiler: If your lid is particularly twisted/distorted and you cant be bothered to fix it. Simply cut the lid along the joins, re-plane the edges and glue it together, and hope for a better result!
Obviously this step is far easier of you have a tail vice on the workbench that allows you to clamp the timber in all sorts of orientations. The doe’s foot that I demonstrate in this video is a great alternative, although there is another piece of workshop equipment that can double up as a tail vice and easily be retrofitted to most workbenches.
Keep in mind that the height of these is not adjustable meaning they may sit proud of the lid while you work on it. You can get around this by sandwiching your component between two pieces of thinner material at either end, then clamp these.
They are incredibly versatile for all kinds of operations, from both hand tools to power tools. I used them extensively before making my Roubo Workbench and they got me out of a lot of sticky situations!
How to Attach the Base of the Box
How to Cut the Lid Rebates
Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.
Surely you just push it, right? Wrong. There is a lot that goes into the simple task of planing. Body positioning, pressure, and movement are all essential to getting the most accuracy from this task. Watch this to learn how.
Have you got the plans yet?
The Student Series
Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!