|Project by sharad||posted 12-07-2008 08:05 PM||1909 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
This is my first attempt to make a box and I have not ventured to use advance joinery like dovetails. The wood used is Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) also called Sisu, Sissoo or Indian Rosewood.
After teak, it is the most important cultivated timber tree in Haryana and rest of India. Shisham is among the finest cabint, furniture and veneer timbers. The heartwood is golden to dark brown, and sapwood white to pale brownish white. The heartwood is extreemly durable ( Specific Gravity 0.7 TO 0.8 and is very resistant to dry-wood termites. The wood is a bit difficult to work with.
I have used only hand tools. I encountered difficulty while fixing the hinges. But now I know the trick. Squaring the box also was not so easy and has added to my experience. For hardware I had no choice as this was the only type available in the city market. For better hardware I will have to try in the Bombay market or import them for my next box. The box was looking nice without any finish still I gave it a couple of beewax coats. The beewax cake was applied and buffed I am sure my next box will be much better. Please make critical comments so that I can avoid any further mistakes.
-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein