|Project by ScottinVa||posted 06-02-2014 11:13 PM||1082 views||8 times favorited||6 comments|
Made a wooden box to follow the appearance of a book. Based on the idea from Steve Ramsey posted here and combined with a few of my own – notably the use of Baltic Birch for the “pages”.
The wood is Jatoba with Baltic Birch used inside to try and create the effect of pages in a book. The backing of the compartment is leather from a swatch from Micheal’s craft store & the hinge is a 1/8th inch aluminum rod ordered from Lowes. Bought some rare earth magnets for the closure from Amazon, and could definitely have gone smaller there – the holding power of two of these is considerable.
The finish is Danish oil sanded wet with the oil to 600 grit.
When I first saw the project, I thought it would be easy – hey it’s just a box, right? Well as a beginning woodworker, it was full of challenges. I learned a lot and made (IMHO) a beautiful thing. Jatoba is hard as hell, but wow does it look beautiful with the very simple & hard to screw up Danish oil application.
I wanted to apply the oil before the glue up. That left me with a piece of wood that might not hold glue. I used acetone to carefully wipe finish away from where the birch would sit, and used Nexabond 2500 glue because I read somewhere it performed well with oily woods. I think it will hold without issue.
It was a pain to do without a proper workbench, and I think I have caught the Roubo fever – so it looks like that will be my next project.