Unlike my previous blog posts, I intend to actually finish this series. Apologies to anyone who was left hanging until the project was posted on previous ones. Here goes nothing…
These projects will be a bit more complicated than previous work that I’ve done. Additionally, these will be my first experience into working with Hot Hide Glue. I was able to pick up a Hold Heet glue pot and some hide glue from someone used for only $35.
The first box that I will be making is going to be a small jewelry box for my mother. She wanted to have a smaller second jewelry box that she can keep on their boat since they spend a significant amount of time there. This is only going to be in the 4×6 or 4×8 range. Her only request other than size was for it to match the serving tray that I made for my dad for Father’s day this year (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/102430). So, it will be done in Sapele with a matching compass rose on top. The goal is to make the box similar to Ian Hawthorne’s (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50037) to where the front drops down and exposes a few drawers, rather than the typical removable trays.
The other two boxes are intended to be wedding gifts for the best man at my wedding and his future wife (who I have yet to meet, actually). Unfortunately, the wedding is on the East Coast, so something like the blanket chest I made for another couple’s wedding isn’t really possible to do. I decided on a pair of matching boxes as they could fit into carry-on bags (well padded, of course) to be taken to the wedding. She will be getting a jewelry box, and he will be getting a bedside valet. These boxes will both be matching, and done in the style as portrayed by Andrew Crawford and LJ Roger Bean on here (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33974). Although he has no idea what it is I’m making, I forced him to decide on what general color of wood he wanted, and he chose walnut. So for these boxes, I’m going to break out the awesome Walnut burl veneer that I’ve been hoarding for a while and have been reluctant to use. I have 2 sequence matched sheets of this, so I will likely bookmatch the tops as well as the fronts and backs:
Depending on how well the drop front box for my mom turns out, I will likely use the same function in the jewelry box. His box will have the normal drop in trays.
On the interior of all 3 boxes, the solid wood will be curly maple that I found at Home Depot (cheaper there than at the local lumber dealer).
The underside of all 3 lids will be fiddleback Sycamore. I also plan on inlaying the first initial of each person into the center of the lids.
All of these needs to be done by December 18th, so I need to get working. Unfortunately, the motorcycle is down at the moment and needs some troubleshooting, preventing me from doing any cutting of substrates.
Time to start on the veneer work. Last night I decided to angle the sycamore, similar to Ian Hawthorn’s Box for the King and Queen (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47918).
Here is where I’m currently at:
Next up is to cut and inlay the letters. Additionally, I can work on the top for my mother’s box, and bookmatch the walnut for the top, front and rear panels.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.