|Project by JADobson||posted 04-20-2015 03:42 PM||1321 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I just finished this box as a birthday present for my wife. It is made of spalted birch and walnut. It is my own design though I’m sure you’ll notice bits and pieces lifted from here and there. I’ve never been terrible good with proportions so I usually find something of an appropriate size and copy the dimensions. In this case, this box is exactly the same size as The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.
The box is built with mortise and tenons. They have to be offset to fit them into the narrow walnut posts. This means that the long sides of the box have two tenons while the short sides only have one that fits between. There is about 3/32” between the mortises so some delicate chisel work was needed. The curves on the corners were cut by hand with my Gramercy bow saw. I’m not sure how I did anything before I had it. After my block plane, its my favourite tool. The bottom is lined with felt.
The till is made with 1/4” walnut from the same piece of wood that the sides and lid came from. I re-sawed it with my bow saw. The corners are dovetailed together and I cut the stopped rabbit for the bottom by hand with a chisel as well. It is also lined with felt.
The lid is made from 1/4” walnut as well. The piercing was done with the bow saw. The idea for the lid came from Rob Brown’s article in Canadian Woodworking Magazine ( http://www.canadianwoodworking.com/tipstechniques/inset-pierced-carving ). Same idea but on a larger scale. The handle is mortised into the top and is made up of a hand shaped handle, cut with the bow saw and then sanded. I originally wanted a more fluid curved shape to the walnut uprights that hold it but I’m not good enough yet to get curves to fit tightly in that sort of space. I tried hard though, before switching to the straight ones I eventually used. That is really my only disappointment with this project. There are bamboo skewers pinning these joints as well.
Finish is shellac.
Any comments/critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.
-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany