|Project by chilimac||posted 01-06-2015 01:46 AM||1115 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I’ve been away from woodworking for a few years. Navy moved me and all we could afford was a small house with a one car garage that became storage. Three years later and I’ve gotten the garage manageable. So I busted out the tools and built this box for my wife. I based the design on some sketches I made, plus lots of other designs on here and the internet. I wanted curved sides, and a curved/flat top that mirrored the recessed floating base.
The only tools used were a table saw, chop saw, hand planes, chisels, scrapers, and sand paper. The top and sides are all curved by hand with planes/scrapers. Inside there is a padouk runner, over brushed velvet lining. The trays/boxes are poplar and walnut since I’d run out of the other materials and don’t have a planer to get really accurate thickness. My hand planing/jointing isn’t that accurate yet. I’m working on it though.
I messed up a bit here and there. The right side wall is a bit thin, so a gap shoes when the lid is closed. I lost the forest for the trees when trying to fit the mitered padouk inset on the lid, so I ended up having to shorten the length a bit on the lid, which meant I had to take thickness off the box. The padouk runner and velvet hide most of the interior crimes. I had to put the runner in due to being just a touch aggressive with sanding the sides of the trays. The whole thing has six layers of “Tung Oil Finish”, the polyurethane kind.
Learned and relearned a lot of lessons on this. The first being start a project much earlier. I delivered the main box under the tree on Christmas Morning. Only finished the rest two days ago.
Thanks for looking. – Chris
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