|Project by Jim Sellers||posted 01-17-2015 07:25 PM||5287 views||20 times favorited||23 comments|
I liked the style and function of my last box enough that I had to do another. The box came pretty easy since I already had my templates and dimensions. Just had to mix the colors and add some artistic elements. After changing my mind on the pattern at least a half dozen times, I free handed the curves and lines and decided to go with it.
The cutting and trenching on the purpleheart top was all done with a utility knife. The little maple veneer pieces were glued with CA. For the inlays for the purpeheart veneer on the sides were dug out with a small router bit in a dremmell, mounted in their plunge router attachment base. (if i did a tool review I’d give it 1 star) The router work went pretty quick after scoring the lines with a sharp knife point. Then it was a little extra time cleaning out the corners with a palm chisel. The purpleheart veneer chips were glued in with regular yellow wood glue.
Finished used was water based satin poly. (inferior MW). I don’t much like the stuff but it’s low odor, fast drying and I can use it in the clean heated area off of the shop.
One of the best features of these boxes is the drawer function. Full extensions with stops. Lift and the drawer comes out. Red velvet on the bottoms.
The tambour panel slides very smooth and easy but to make this happen it takes special attention to sand the surfaces of the slot smooth. Seal, sand repeat. Also for the ends of the slats on the panel. Box has no stains or paints, no metal or hardware.
-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.