|Project by Shawn Herrington||posted 12-01-2014 07:07 AM||1719 views||5 times favorited||9 comments|
I have been ruminating over some ideas for small projects that would make good gifts. Additionally, I had never (until now) made small boxes (for jewelry, or displaying turned pens, etc.). This project and another box project are experiments in designs and techniques and also my first two small boxes.
The box is constructed with mitered and splined sides, a rabbeted bottom and a sliding lid. It is comprised of Maple sides (with continuous grain around the whole box), a Padauk bottom, Purple Heart splines and a Padauk lid with a Purple Heart handle.
The lid was made by marking a the sliding groove thickness on each side of the stock then planing the top down to that thickness much like making a raised panel. Once the whole lid was uniformly faceted, the facets were removed with a hand plane and softened with a card scraper and sandpaper until the whole thing was uniformly smooth and devoid of facets.
I realized too late that I had made no provisions for a “handle” (customarily made by glueing the missing piece of the mitered side onto the sliding lid) on the Padauk lid, so I cut it shorter than anticipated and glued on a Purple Heart handle into the end grain. I was worried the glue would fail, but it has held thus far.
Because I was not as precise as I wanted to be during the glue-up, the groove in the back of the box is set about 1/32” above the sides of the groove. The consequence of my screw-up is a box that has a positive click when fully closed and a satisfyingly tight fitting lid.
The box was finished with spray lacquer for a quick and easy gloss.