No kidding! And then there are the binky little screws! Not only does my #1 Klein screwdriver not fit as snugly as I would like but my No. 3 Vix bit isn't quite small enough, and I'm pretty sure nobody makes a No. 2. What I've resorted to is using the #3 Vix to drill that portion of the hole where the shank of the screw is solid, and freehand drill the rest of the hole where the screw is threaded. Not that it's necessary but I didn't have any screws shear off this time around. You want to talk about tooth-pickery! On the last box I drilled the holes very nicely for the steel screw which comes with a Brusso hinge, and when I went to put in the brass screws they dropped into the holes without the slightest resistance. I am convinced an off-sized screw was provided, but I have to admit I'm perplexed and it could have been me. Although it may seem to be a little too anal-retentive, I now test my screws (and their exact compatibility with the steel screw) in some scrap before I drill my pilot holes.
I hear that! This box is going from Wyoming where my moisture meter doesn't register because the low value is 5% to Rhode Island where toadstools grow in your underpants if you're not careful. In this instance, the reveal needs to be large enough between the lid and the base of the box or after I put on 10 coats of lacquer it will bind. The last box I had to sand the lacquer with high grit to get the lid to close. This time I hope the space is adequate yet not gappy.
Hey Faz, I gotta side with what Steve said (Wdwerker), sanding to a higher grit really limits what any kind of stain is able to do. Depending on the type of wood, it may actually cause problems with un-evenness in appearance. Personally I wouldn't sand any higher than 120 for stain treatment.. If you're looking for a smooth finish, that appearance will come with the post stain finishing process; not necessarily when doing the stain... At this point what I'd do is sand the surface flush with 120 (not paying attention to what the appearance looks like at ths point) and re-apply another stain coat possibly mixed with an extender / thinner to give more working time to wipe off before it dries.. Even-ness comes from the number of coats; not necessarily how it's wiped off.. Hard to explain, but hope this makes sense