Well, haven’t had a lot of time for my little box the last days but got a hour or so today rough-planing the miters and selecting and planing the exact piece of the maple I wanted to use for the top. And I think you guy’s who voted did the right selection, looks real good now that the wood is planed and the figure starts to show…
The wood is just straight maple but I selected a piece which one end had a quite large branch going through the wood as I hoped it would have some interesting figure in the crotch area and sure enough, there where some nice waves in the grain. It’s real hard to find quilted/flamed maple in Sweden so I’ll have to be happy with this until I find some nice quilted maple. Did have some bad tear-out while planing this but it worked quite nice when planing crossgrain.
Some denatured alcohol wiped on to show the grain a bit better but with Murphy was playing a prank so the memory card was full and some places had dried up before I got the new card in, but blotchy as it may be, I’ll post it anyway :)
Currently I’m waiting to receive my brand new Veritas low angle block plane (and a 50 degree extra blade for the figured woods) for fine tuning the end grain in the miters for a (hopefully) perfect fit :).
-- Jani, a Neanderthal woodworker in Sweden.