After my detour to make this box, I’m back to working on the box that is the subject of this blog series.
Today I worked on the small details of the trays.
The longer I make boxes the more I realize that it’s the small details that distinguish a well made box. Unlike larger furniture pieces, boxes beg to be picked up and examined closely and in detail. There is no such thing as a hidden back or bottom; all surfaces need to be treated with equal importance.
The series of pictures below show the attention I pay to the trays.
These trays are made up of nine pieces; 4 sides, three dividers and a two part laminated bottom.
The bottom is a Maple veneer I cut on my band-saw. It is laminated to 3mm MDF for stability. The Maple shows on the bottom of the tray. The MDF will take a laminated pad which I will show in another episode of this series.
This is the bottom of the tray showing the Maple veneer.
Here I am setting up to scribe an arc for the handles. I use my Bessey Clamps and a thin strip of wood to form the arc which I copy directly to the wood and then cut on my band-saw.
This picture shows the tray components after cutting the arc, rounding over the top edges and cutting a half-lap joint using my dado blades for a precise fit.
Finally the assembled tray with the dividers dry fitted. It’s probably too hard to pick it, but I have made an allowance for the thickness of the padded lining that will be installed in the bottom of the tray. When that is done, the dividers will match the sides of the tray perfectly.
There are two of these trays. The lower dividers and rail supports for the tray will be made next.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.hillsbiblechurch.org/