Enough people have asked me how the Bow Boxes I made and posted were crafted that I figured a blog was warranted. My post is here “Bow Box”: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68845. I have seen others make the boxes and thought you might like to see different interpretations of them. bigogre has done several. Here is one of his: “Box”: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/73998. moonls recently posted one with wonderful banding in the ribbons and bow. See it “here”: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/80128.
The design for my boxes came from the August/September issue of American Woodworker magazine, issue #161. Credit for the design and plans go to Ken Marble. The article refers you to their website where you can download the necessary template for the bows. You have to increase the size of the document until it reaches the called for dimensions. To get the pattern, go “to”: http://americanwoodworker.com/. On their home page look on the left for “Web extras for past issues”. Click on it and find issue #161. Click on it and scroll down to “Ribbon and Bow Box”.
Marble uses the French expression, “Trompe l’oeil” to describe the bow. The expression translated is “It fools the eye.” The bow is not bent. It is cut on a scrollsaw. Marble used a three stripe pattern of aromatic cedar and birch for his ribbons and bow. My blog will cover that process. You could very well use one solid color (species) as I did on one of mine or, like moonls, come up with your own design.
First, you need two glue-ups or laminations of three pieces of wood dimensioned at ¼” thick by 2” wide by 10” long. One glue-up will be for the ribbon, the other for the bow. I am unable to do woodworking right now so the stock in the photos is not to dimension.
Three pieces of 1/4” stock dimensioned to size.
After glue-up, it would be 3/4” thick and look like this. Remember, two of these.
Once dry, for the ribbons you joint one edge and then slice 3/16” wide strips on the band saw. I cut them a bit thicker and used my planer to bring them to the 3/16” dimension.
For the bows, here’s the pattern or template.
You cut out the template and using spray adhesive, glue it to the top of the other 3/4” glue-up.
You then proceed to drill holes as necessary and scrollsaw the pattern. When finished the pieces look like this.
Actually, the “arrows” won’t have the points yet. Using another template, you cut those later. Similarly, the middle section of the bow needs to be precisely shaped to fit in its place. Here’s a photo showing those templates.
From here, its just a matter of sanding and gluing the pieces to the box. Here is a sequence of photos.
So that’s how they are made. I’ll be happy to answer any questions.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI