The next part was to figure how a nice tray would work into this. I thought I would just make a set-in tray with small compartments.
This would be made of the same padauk:
for the bottom I joined two pieces of the same padauk:
This tray is done the same as the box in that I wanted all edges to be 45 degree miters:
I had the idea of integrating the zebra wood into tray as the center handle/separator. It just stands out like a rusty nail though.
In fact, I scrapped the idea of using the zebra wood for anything else in this project. Going with the subtle accent idea instead.
I went ahead and glued the top and sides together in separate steps to allow for some forgiveness.
So it came time to cut the lid off. This is a step that begs for mindless mistakes. I make myself write out the steps ahead of time to avoid killing hours of work by forgetting something like a backer-block.
After cutting the lid off, I discovered what I thought to be a HUGE dent in the wood:
after closer examination, it turned out to be a feature of the grain:
Next step was to make the cuts for the hinges. Another workshop stress-point:
after which I went ahead and test fit the hinges:
It worked out well with a good fit.
So, back to the brass S highlight? I tried to figure a way this would fit in:
I thought perhaps using a split front feature with the S in the center? So I made up a rouh cut to see how it would look:
(continued in next entry)
-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""