The rules state that to participate you have to live in the US. Now I haven't got a Reddit account and I don't live in the US (though I would like to), but that shouldn't stop me from participating a bit on the side.
I considered enlisting in the build and offering any eventual prize to someone in USA, but I figured that it might add a lot of unnecessary clutter for the organizers, so I'll just build the school box for the fun of it.
If you happen to be eligible to participate in the build I strongly urge you to do so. It is only through participation that the organiser(s) will be able to attract support from sponsors.
It might also be the only sort of recognition he or she will get, signalling that all their efforts in organising an event is appreciated.
True to my tradition of North Sea builds, the materials are limited to whatever I can find on board i.e. pallet sides or regular pallet wood.
I have got some regular butt hinges in my small stock of materials, so I'll have to make the box without the original type strap hinges. Unless I make some myself.
Whenever I am out here, I normally bring a couple of books with me. One or two novels, and one or two books on woodworking. This time I have brought with me "The joiner and cabinetmaker", so I ought to be able to pull off a school box build.
As a side note, I have decided that I should try to read something written by Thomas Mann, so I have brought Buddenbrook and Felix Krüll with me. I have to confess that it takes a while to get used to his style of writing.
I have found a set of pallet sides that will do for stock. It is a new style that I haven't seen before, instead of one wide board of 7.5", it consists of two boards half the breadth. This means a bit more gluing, but the boards look straight and without any major knots in them.
First I removed the hinges and separated the boards. They have been held together using some large clamps similar to those used for making large cardboard boxes.
Due to my limited shop size, I can't do too long a glue up. So I made two pieces the length of one side and one end of the school box plus one glue up the length of the lid and the bottom.
Stock preparation might not be the most fun part of the build, but I feel fine that I have finally started building something out here again.
This might turn into a school box
Glued up panels.