This is a real time blog of a project that I am presently making. If you wish to copy it please wait until I have posted the finished project before doing so. Thank you.
After being sucessful building my last project, The Cage, it occurred to me to attempt something with a few more layers. A theme in my projects before is a rainbow like progression; white, yellow, orange, red, purple and black.
There are woods that closely represent these colours; Sycamore (English), Pau Amarello, Yew (English), Padauk, Purpleheart and Ebony. I thought at first to use these but the pattern I’d come up with would mean that this would be a waste as the bulk of these exotic (and expensive) woods would be obscured by subsequent layers. What to do?
Well English Sycamore is relatively cheap, is a light cream colour and takes dye easily. Result! The box I’m making is to be about 135 mm square x 90 mm high. It’s an EZ Mitre, Shell box so the board I’m making is in the form of a ‘net’. The layers are 1.5 mm thick and all Sycamore. So here are some of the stages of the construction.
Layer 1, Yellow
The parts are all laid out on the sticky side of some clear library film. With a full sized outline drawing below as a guide.
Layer 2, Orange
These two layers are laid ot top of each other, PVA glue between, and clamped in a veneer press.
Registration of the top and bottom patterns can be a problem but with such a relatively large surface area there was little or no slippage duirng glue-up. I think you can see that I’m only dying the areas of the pattern that are not subsequently covered by the next layer.
Layer 3, Red. Seen here overlaid on the other two.
A close inspection showed that whilst the centre of the pattern was well registered
That by the time the pattern edge was reached it was out, by some 1.5mm.
What to do? Well it appeared that the wide strips were oversized, by about 0.5mm. I trimmed them down and remade that layer and all was well. Next.
Layer 4, Purple
Laid on and glued, here is the result, so far
Shown in close up only. Nearly there, Only the black layer to go. I’ve cut, laid and dyed it up but that’s enough for me today. I’ll attack it fresh, tomorrow.
Be seeing you.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com