|Project by Eyal||posted 05-02-2014 02:21 PM||2747 views||12 times favorited||15 comments|
This box was originally designed to be a cigar box, however I chose to use it as a jewelry box.
The wood is Walnut burl venner, the wood edging is maple. The lock is a half mortise lock, the escutcheon are from leevalley.com. the box is lined with microsuede. The hinges are brusso but hinges.
I Started having an interest in woodworking about a year ago and chanced upon the lumberjocks website. Perusing at different projects, I developed an interest in making boxes. Boxes can be quite simple, are useful and make great gifts. I bought a sampling of box making books starting with “Basic Box making” by Doug Stowe, I made the simple “lift Lid Box”, and enjoyed making it.
Then one day as I was perusing lumberjocks I had the fortune of looking at one of the most beautiful boxes I had ever seen. Named the “Pepperwood burl writing box” by Roger Bean, it was simple yet sophisticated, elegant and masterfully executed. It is one of those pieces of furniture that take your breath away at first glance, then you take a closer look to determine why this box took your breath away in the first place, to discover all the details of the masterpiece.
I could not believe my good fortune to learn that I could purchase a documentary of how the box was created.
Upon purchasing the documentary I was crestfallen at first to discover that it did not contain detail cutting lists, exactly how to make the carcass with all the steps and details etc. (side note: this only applies to a woodworker with little or no experience, the documentary is actually the most comprehensive one out there for this type of box making style) being new to woodworking and only creating one piece as of yet, I did not have experience with basic knowledge of woodworking. My discouragement only lasted a moment as I resolved that come what may, I will learn and make this box.
I first needed to know how to construct a box. I was fortunate to chance upon Thewoodwisperer.com. it appeared that he had exactly what I needed. For a fee, I would have access to a step by step video demonstration of how to make a veneered cigar box. this jewelry box was made based of that project.
While I made this box, I purchased books and learned from online resources on how to use woodworking tools along with woodworking techniques.
At the same time, I read and reread Rogers, documentary and slowly pieced everything together. While it does not deal with basic veneering techniques, basic carcass techniques and cut lists, it does offer the most comprehensive instructions, techniques and photo guide in enough detail, so that a woodworker with basic experience can master the Pepperwood burl writing box. I purchased both of Andrew Crawford’s books on box making that outline and detail how to make this particular style and design as roger’s boxes are based off Andrews boxes . And while I am happy I purchased those books, and anyone interested in this style of box making these books are a must, they do not come close to the details afforded to you in Roger’s documentary.
So , I am looking forward to getting started on making the Pepperwood box and posting it on lumberjocks in the near future.