Mathildes Japanese inspired jewel box
Wood springs and nailing it…
In the making of a Jewel box for my precious daughter Mathildes confirmation.
So time to continue the tour, last time we ended with the main part of the box made and even drawers close to being a reality, so guess there are no reason not to just jump right in and get started.
So back to the drawers.
The rabbets cut and drawer front taped in place.
I don’t care to make the rabbets stopped, since the underside, back and front of these drawers will not be visible.
In the front, the drawer front will hide it.
So the jewel box with the drawer bottoms and fronts taped in place.
Hmmmmmmm, not to bad!
Time for tobacco and playing with a pen on paper.
I want the drawers to stop before they fall out, when you open them, but also the possibility to get them out when wanted.
This will also make it possible to make a secret room in the box and that was one of my ideas.
So I am thinking of a spring, of course made of wood!
Think I got a functioning idea.
I cut a groove in the sides of the top drawer.
Clean it up with the funny little Veritas shoulder plane.
Thought it was a kind of toy when I bought it, but it have actually been handy often.
Now I just need some runners for the top drawer.
But not even Rome was build in one day…
So time to fire up my hate tool no 1.
I hate the noise of a router, so I use them as seldom as possible.
But to make this round recess by hand would eat too much time and the router can do a perfect cut on the round edge, so I walk with the cross and let my ears be punished.
Using my router circle jig and it works just fine, so it gives me a little smile.
A crisp edge and a flat surface, five minutes later.
Now with mirror!
Ohhh yes and I wear my wonderful Norwegian sweater…
So back to the wood springs.
I go for ash, since I know this is used for bows.
Draw the design idea.
Cut a few of them, different thickness, to test the flex.
In the back of the side drawer I make a extra compartment.
Hidden, secret or now I guess not so secret…
Time to glue the tray, no more dry fit!
Nailing it in place with conical bamboo nails.
The angle also locks the nails, so I feel sure this will never fall out.
I think this is a sweet detail.
Now I can fit it in the box, once the box are held firmly together.
I don’t want a piston, I want it to fall easy down and come easy up, so I plane of as much as needed for that.
So back to the wood spring, I want o make a proto type.
Wood with cut out, spring and bamboo nail.
Then nail with the conical nail, this should hold it in place.
Now eave to dry.
So we spoke of runners.
I Make the runners of ash, just for the detail and put glue on the one side, thick paper in the groove to push it out and then clamp in place and leave to dry. In this way I am sure they end up exactly where I want them.
No measures needed.
Here you see the inside of the box, with the two levels and the runner.
So to fix the runners I frill holes.
Using a stop block to e sure I don’t go through the side.
Then bamboo nails.
Also shaping the front so the drawer comes in and out easy and looks elegant.
Sawing of the rest of the nail.
Ok glue is dry on the spring.
Ready to test.
Now pushed up.
And click – it stops.
I love it!
All wood drawer stops.
This will be a sweet detail.
Time to fight a cow!
Or at least play with hide.
For the simple design I have decided to make drawer handles of plain leather.
So I cut some strips.
Mark the center and where I want it, using same measures as for the finger joints.
The idea is to cut a slit and nail them in place.
Drilling a hole in each end of the slit after marking the thickness with a cutting gauge.
Chisels, files and a gravure chisel comes in handy, this reminds me of knife making.
Here it’s nice to have a selection of small files.
Then drilling and sticking in the bamboo nails.
Back to the wood springs again!
Now I will ad one for the big drawer.
Marking with a pencil.
Cutting away wood for the spring.
So now it’s just to glue it in place, I have already tested that it works.
Elegant I thing, so I have a smile on my dusty lips.
Since I wanted no hardware, I had some thoughts on how to hold the drawers in place…
Decided to add rare earth magnets in the back of the drawers and on the back behind, in this way the drawer will stay in place and it will be a little sexy when the magnets sucks the drawer in.
So time to drill a hole that have the diameter and deepness of the magnets.
Here my little test piece, a kind of live story stick, where I test the ideas bfore putting them into the project.
Spring for the side drawer.
Cutting away some wood.
Using the new bench top bench with great joy.
Now you know the rest of the story.
Glue in place the handles.
Gluing the drawers.
Pre fitting the bottoms to keep it square.
Shooting the end gran to make it fit in the drawer.
Dam I love that 62.
The big drawer bottom are glued in place.
After bamboo nails are cut of.
Rare earth magnets glued in.
Also for the big drawer.
And the drawers.
Here you see the secret compartment and that I made a small cut so the spring could pass the back, otherwise it would lock the drawer once the spring has passed the first click.
Glad I made some testing before glue up.
Here you see the spring.
Ohhhh yes and there are time to bake bread also.
Side drawer glued.
Shooting the double back to get a perfect fit.
Now in place.
Superglue the small the brass pin in place, we are now ready to start the gluing of the box.
So now time for the box glue up.
I put double bamboo nails in the fingers, this for strength and beauty.
Also fix the little mistakes now.
Out of focus glue up.
Drawers also get nails.
Like this it will never fall apart.
Here you see the front hiding the groove.
Same on the big drawer and here the front are wider than the drawer.
I think it’s elegant.
More glue op, now other end.
Clamps, clamps and clamps!
Remember to check the diagonal.
Marking for bamboo nails.
Sending Jim a thought.
Gluing the bottom.
Plenty of glue and then just add the bottom.
All of them.
I think we have nailed it, so time to split up the blog again, see you soon, on third and last part.
Then I’ll post the project also. ;-)
Thank you for reading my ramblings, hope it can inspire.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.