First lets start with the work horses. I picked these up at Klingspore. It’s my local woodworking shop but I have also gotten them from the box stores. These are 50 and 80 grit. I will use the 80 on this project. The mahogany should be soft enough for it. I want to do one in purpleheart soon so I picked up the 50. If you haven’t worked with purpleheart, it is one hard wood, but that is a blog for another time. LOL.
Here you see that I laid out a simple grid pattern over each side of the box. I found the center, then used the width of my square blade to mark the lines. I was only trying to give myself reference points for the lay out.
I did a quick sketch on paper to get an idea of what I wanted it to look like. I just view the sketch and realized I also used it to take notes on, so I will not post that. LOL If anyone would like to see it, I will take another picture of it, with the notes cover. Telephone rings and you have to write on what ever is handy.
OK, so I have an idea of how I want it to look, I have the grid laid out, now it is time to pull out the french curves. I used them because it is hard to draw a smooth curve by hand.
After getting the general idea on the box, I went back and adjusted everything until I was happy. You might be able to see my erased lines. It took a while to get what I wanted. You have to keep hinge pin placement in mind and also how it will wrap around the box. I have everything lining up as it goes around the corners. Each line represents where the peaks (or high ground) will be. the area in between will hopefully be the ground out valleys. I am going for a wavy look. With a little luck each will flow into the next. I also picked a spot for the handle you can see in the final picture. This is not set in stone, but must be done before the grinding starts. The inside of the box must also be finished and the lid set and hinge pins glues in. I went over all that in a past blog. If I can remember, I will include it here as well.
Stayed tuned for the next episode.
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks