|Project by croquetman||posted 07-14-2014 12:42 PM||1585 views||7 times favorited||5 comments|
This box started as a picture of a box I found in a book. No plans, no size, no details of construction. Just a front on photo. So I began by working out how I thought it should be built, and drawing up a set of rudimentary plans. Then the wood. I wanted to build it using local black walnut. I had one last board from a log my father-in-law had set aside for me 20 years ago, and which I had milled into boards about 8 years ago. One 6’ board was left: use it or lose it. So I began the project.
The photo didn’t show storage under the lid, or even if the lid opened. I wanted an opening lid, so I had to make space under it and not give up the 3 drawers. So I decided to create that space with the support stiles for the back and side panels. They are hard maple. The top has a bit of a cove to it. And the feet look a bit like Algerian slippers. It gives the box a bit of an oriental air – Turkish perhaps? And interesting design feature that might be lost if not pointed out is the drawer slides. The drawers slide on maple shelves which are set into tendons that stop just short of the front support so they show when the box in closed. The effect is to break up the darkness of the walnut. Lastly, the egg crate under the lid is cherry.
The box is finished in Watco Danish Oil. And, yes, the half dovetails for the draws are hand cut.
Once finished I had to decide what to do with the box. I give them all away. But to whom? Well … I sent this box to my sister-in-law, Jennifer. She will appreciate the fact that the box came from wood from her father’s farm. And I know it will stay in the family for years.