|Project by Spuds||posted 01-30-2009 02:52 AM||2750 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This is an exposed corner spline box made from hard maple and cherry, the box measures approx. 6” square and 9” tall.
To make the box I started by edge gluing a couple of maple panels together since I did not have any 9+ wide boards. From this glue up I cut the 4 sides for the box leaving them a little wide. I then cut those to the correct width when I cut the 45 degree bevels on them. With the bevels complete I cut slots in to the heals of the bevels to accept the splines.
The splines were made from a glue up of cherry. Its important to note that to keep the box strong the grain of the splines needed to run across the short side and along the length (bend easy along the 9” length and be very stiff side to side). With the splines cut and fitted I glued up the box making sure to keep the four sides in order so that the grain of the board wrapped around the box. You need to get glue down in the slots so the splines are held very well, once the box is complete the splines are all that hold the box together.
To expose the splines you have to cut slots in the corners, to do this I made a fixture which held the box with the corners pointing straight down. I then slide this across along the table saw to cut the slot. This was a ‘sneak up on them’ situation, I as I did not want to cut into the splines. When I had just a sliver of maple remaining I sanded the rest of the way to expose the cherry.
To complete the woodwork, all the edges received a chamfer to soften the overall form.
The finish on the box is a three part exercise. I started with a coat of boiled linseed oil to pop the grain. This was followed by a coat of clear shellac to give more depth to the grain and expose any sanding opportunities. This was covered with several very thin coats of lacquer. Once the final coat was dry it was sanded with 0000 steel wool to get the sheen right.