I am starting this one with just a general idea of what I want to accomplish. A while back I made a batch of these boxes and had a couple of extra’s after orders where finished. I have decided to pull this one out and see what I end up with.
The tiger/ambrosia maple is from the same board that I made the phoenix box out off. The “racing stripes” are made from rosewood. I don’t have any pictures of making this box but That can be a blog for another time. LOL I seem to say that a lot. Anyway, the tape on the corners is for when I cut the miter keys. I know everyone calls them spines, but for some reason I always call them keys. If this is confusing for any one let me know and I will try to mend my ways.
Normally this would be where I cut and install the keys/splines but I have another idea for this one. More on that later but for now I decided it needed legs. I have never put legs on a box so this is another first for me.
I started out by cutting 45’s on the edge of a piece of rosewood creating a 90. I set my table saw at 45 degrees and used a sacrificial board on my rip fence. I set it so it cut right at the corner of the edge.
Next is to taper the legs. The sides of the box are cut at a 7 degree angle so I follow it here.
Here is where things got tricky and maybe a little dangerous. I will go ahead and state here that there are better ways to do this. I made it as safe as I could using the tools I have.
I could have just ripped that taper on them but that would just be to easy. So I again set my table saw to 45 degrees with my sled in place. Then I lined up everything and nail a new “fence to my sled. I plan to build a new improved sled soon, so I am not to worried about the nail holes.
I used scrap to clap down and make the first cut. I then had to reset my “fence” at the opposite angle and then cut the other side. This was really sketchy and took me a few minutes until I was comfortable that the piece was secured and my fingers would remain well away from that blade. I tried to capture how I achieved this. Once everything was locked in place it was really solid and I was comfortable making the cuts.
In the picture above, all of the white boards are nailed together after I clamped em. I decided to leave the clamps. they couldn’t hurt. It took quite a bit of force to get each piece in and out. As I said, not ideal, but the safest with what I have. I will probably make more of these in the future and would very much like to find a better way. Any ideas?
Next are the legs after the cuts are made.
This last pictures have the legs setting beside the box. I am thinking that they will look really good holding the box about 1/2 inch off the table and coming up just higher than the lid. The piece on top is the middle after the legs where cut. I really like the way it seems to spiral but is still has sharp edges and angles. I may try to turn this into some kind of handle.
So there you have it. The exciting first episode of the UnNamed box. I would be grateful for any tips or ideas and hope that you join me to see where this box ends up.
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks