|Project by gashley||posted 12-15-2014 03:31 PM||1978 views||21 times favorited||11 comments|
Every year around Xmas I get a lot of demand for gifts from my shop. This year I did a run of these jewelry boxes. I think it’s an old Tony Lydgate design from one of his books – I’ve done so many of these over the years, I’m not sure I remember where the design first came from. They’re about 14×9 x 4 in dimension.
Boxes are of Lacewood, Maple or Claro Walnut, with splines of whatever thin material I happened to have laying around that gives a good contrast (usually maple or cocobolo or purpleheart).
They’re relatively simple to make, splined mitered corners, simple wooden frame top. But what gives them a nice character that’s hard to really see in the photos is the subtle curving of the sides and tops. I set my table saw blade at around 10 degrees and run the box and the top through on all edges. Then take a belt sander and blend the resulting profile into a nice convex shape that’s pleasing to the eye and hand.
For finish of these types of projects – I love rattle can finishes. I spray a couple of sealer coats of shellac, sand it smooth, then several coats of sprayed semi gloss poly. Rub it out with #0000 steel wool and wax.
-- Gary in OP