This is my first blog. Ever, anywhere. But as a pretty new member of Lumberjocks, I must say, I am addicted. So starting a blog on here I felt was my next logical step in enjoying this website. I decided to entitle it. The Box Rox.
First I would like to state that for some unknown reason (and I am sure some of you may also feel this way) I love making a box. Everything, from designing all the way to the finishing and sanding. Jewelry boxes, keepsake boxes, lock boxes, all of it. While I do love woodworking in general I guess you could say boxes are my passion. I think about them quite a bit, more than any man should I think, lol. I constantly am working on new ideas for boxes, differant types, styles, woods, how to execute, what new could be done, what could be improved next time. Seriously, I may have a problem.
The first Box I had ever made was a tool box in highschool woodshop. Four sides, a bottom, a handle, rabbet joints, painted blue. It was nothing special, just like everyone else in the classes tool box. After highschool I took a ten year break from wood working to persue the exciting action filled lifestyle of a carpenter. While mostly what I did was framing roofing siding doors and windows, I was unsatisfied. Sure it paid the bills, I could leap off of roofs and land on my feet without dropping a nail from my pouch, I got to work outside and the scenery was always changing.
I realize now that I was always a box builder. Now they are just smaller and more asthetic and people don’t live in them. I was slightly irritated when I realized this. You see about a year ago an older gentleman and I had a conversation while sitting at a coffee shop in pittsburgh. He was a little upset at the very laid back atmosphere. I was questioning his sanity but he proceeded to tell me that when a man is young, function superceeds form, but when you get older form becomes more important and more attention to detail becomes the focus. At the time I thought he was a little off of his rocker, and that function will always be more important because if it doesn’t work who cares what it looks like.
Well here I am today, doing what I have always done. Building. Though the form has changed, and the function less important. I’d raise my coffee cup to that old man if I saw him today. He taught me a valuable lesson even if I was unwilling to learn at the time. Form is important.
Now on to my current box project. I am building a box made from maple and zebrawood. Two drawers and a hinged lift top. The body of the box is maple the drawer faces and lid are zebrawood. Honestly I do like the result of zebra when it is finished, but I do not think it is worth the price when working with it. It is a very fiberous wood. When chiseling or routing you must be careful of tearout in strands so tweezers glue and patience are handy to have nearby. I am interested to see the two woods finished together. This will be my second box with drawers and the first with both the lid and drawers. I did find that in doing this I needed more careful planning in joinery and as always I am very picky about the placement of the grain pattern, and curls if there are any. I also just picked up a chocolate colored velvet to line the drawers with. I am still undecided about how to do a ring cache, let me know whats up if you have done one of these before.
If there are any of you box makers that could give me tips on selling boxes, venues, how to price, recommend good brass hardware, design, anything. Just shoot me a line and we’ll discuss anything and everything outside the box.
-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.