|Project by rdwile||posted 08-22-2014 06:28 PM||1296 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
This box is actually designed around a piece of glass, the bevelled glass in the top was originally for the grandfather clock I made in 1999 that came in the wrong size, I have one left. Lesson learned – throw nothing away.
The box itself is made from some gnarly beech that came from the front yard of the house my Dad grew up in. It took me a while to figure out a use for this wood – it’s brutally hard and chips like crazy. The box is dovetailed using the indispensable David Barron dovetailing jig; I do not do enough dovetailing so this lets me get this kind of joint when I have not dovetailed in months. The bottom of the box is lined with black leather over a Baltic birch floor.
The top is Goncalo Alves and is ship-lapped for strength to hold the heavy glass, it is made from some left over flooring and the door lip is wenge, as are the dividers inside. The door is pinned with a 1/8” brass pin in the side (the fourth pic shows the fitting of the pins.)
In response to a request:
The box itself is 13” wide, 8.5” deep, and 3.5” high. I bought 3” sq. watch pillows for next to nothing on Amazon, they tuck nicely into 2-3/4” square spaces inside and you also need a minimum of 2.5” inside height for the watch to not interfere with the top.
I still have a few boards of this beech left to make something special from, and about that second piece of glass…
-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/