Here's some of what's been happening:
This is a schoolbox variant with a couple big differences. The "partition" in this case is a tray which spans the whole top. In this box, its made of incense cedar. You can also see that some very simple box hinges are used instead of the huge strap hinges. The lock is the same Squire that I have been using all along. This box is also a bit smaller than the school boxes.
The above image shows the tray taken out, and the fingerholes visible. The tray is dovetailed with a single tail, and the bottom is shiplapped (2 pieces). I resawed this cedar by hand, and it was not fun.
The other hallmark of this little box is that the top is made of maple and has a live edge ((bark is still visible). This is the slab before finishing with oil:
Also, while the school boxes have a bottom nailed on and concealed with moulding, this box has no moulding and the bottom is held in place in a groove, much like a drawer would be. In this case, the bottom is douglas fir.
I've also completed another school box. This one is made of alder with a douglas fir partition (the same board as the bottom of the above box):
Here are the two boxes together, showing how the new box is a little smaller. A single coat of oil has been applied, so the grain in the maple is starting to show:
It is certainly a change from the ordinary lid:
In other news, I've been scoring more rough-milled douglas fir from my neighbor. Here's a plank as it came:
And after a day planing and rough-dimensioning some panels:
4 long and 4 short panels, that is just enough to make a double-tall box... yes there are a few knots but "disobey me" is an order to take seriously.
The above shows 2 of the short pieces, jointed and dry-fitted, ready for gluing. If you cannot easily see the line where the two boards meet, I did something right!
I've started to really use and enjoy the try plane shown above. I do like my Stanley #7 and have it tuned quite nicely now, and am feeling pretty familiar with it both as a shooting plane and as a jointer/try plane. The more I use this wooden one, though (no maker mark present), the more I like it. It allowed the above joints to seat together like that within just a few minutes.
If it is not obvious, these boards are intended for a tool chest. I will still be working on the school boxes, and more detail about the small box (and its soon-to-be-made successor) will come soon. As a back-burner project though, the tool chest will continue as I have any time to spare in the shop. I've been increasingly annoyed with my current shallow toolbox, though I have to say for the price and availability, it is still a great option for someone starting out with little time or budget.