I have started my next project that will certainly test my abilities in all aspects of woodworking and marquetry. I have decided to construct a jewelry box with bombay curves. I have never built a box with curves and never veneered a curved surface so it will certainly test me.
I had problems trying to locate a web site with designs that took my fancy (some good designs on craftmanspace well above my ability). I sat down looked at the wife’s quilting books and come up with some designs I decided to go with.
At work where I am restoring a historic barn that is 110 years old(old for New Zealand) I had some 300×25 (12” x 1”)pine so I machined the blank for the box from this.
I machined the curves by fixing a fence along the edge of the timber lengthwise and set my Makita 185 mm skill saw blade to approximately to 3 mm and draw the saw sideways then lowered the blade another 3 mm and drawing it along until I reached the desired curve then re-fixed the fence along the other edge and repeated the process. then turned the board over to scollap out the inside. I used this method as I could not access the spindle moulder in the companies joinery shop machines.
next step was to cut the groove lengthwise to accept the bottom of the box when the box is assembled.
I had to laminate a strip on top of the main board to get the thickness for the curves.
I then cut the mitres for the corners on my Makita compound mitre saw and glued the up.
After a good sand up to remove the machining marks this was the out come.
Time to work on the lid.
I’m out of here like a bold man.
-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand