Tools

Dust mask

Scrollsaw or hand fretsaw Small chisels and gouges Drill

Craft knife or chip knife confident enough to tackle the real thing. Fortunately MDF is inexpensive, so it's not the end of the world if you do make a mistake.

5 When all four 'arms' have been separated from the centre box, mark each part of each box with the same letter or number. This makes it easier to identify the correct pieces when it comes to reconstructing ii all. Carefully separate the three layers of MDF on all five boxes.

6 Taking the middle section of each box, mark a line 4mm P&in) in from the edge. The centre will be cut out to make the box cavity. The four 'arm' boxes can be cut following the whole box shape, but for the central box just cut a square and do not attempt to cut into the protruding circles (unless you're a complete masochist). Template 1IR, on page 105, shows how it should look.

Drill a pilot hole in the middle waste area, thread the scrollsaw blade through and cut along the marked line.

7 Make a rebate to hold the lids in place from the spare 4mm (!&in) MDF. Using the box body as a template, draw a line round the inside of the

2 Stick the box template IIA onto the top using spray adhesive. The boxes are now ready to be cut out on the scrollsaw but, before beginning, use a set square to check that the blade is perfectly vertical as, if it is even slightly out of true, you will only be able to slide ¡he boxes up or down in one direction instead of both.

3 Cut round the outside of all the boxes first, before attempting to separate the jigsaw shapes.

4 Very carefully cut out the jigsaw shapes. Each has to be done in one sweep to give a good clean single cut. so take care negotiating the corners and curves. If you are not completely confident about it, practise by making some spare template copies and cutting them out using waste pieces of MDF. You will soon become

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