|Project by Duplenty||posted 03-22-2009 06:54 PM||8541 views||11 times favorited||22 comments|
I think I raised a few eyebrows with my OSB nightstand a few weeks ago (thanks for all the cool and helpful comments, by the way), so I thought I might as well post all the other things I’ve made from this “ugly duckling” material for those of you who want to know more about its possible applications.
This is a jewelry box I made for my girlfriend. I know what you’re thinking, but remember that most people don’t know how cheap OSB is and have no negative connotations to this material. She’s not a carpenter of any kind and has thus never seen OSB before, don’t know about its more common applications and, like most people, reacted with curiosity and fascination when she first saw it. I would be hesitant, however, to make this to a lumberchick, lest you break the relationship.
I made it in two levels, where the first level has an ordinary “trap door” opening with a mirror installed. I just bought a router, so it’s snuggly inset so the surface of the mirror is flush with the rest of the underside of the lid. I have never been able to do that before, so that was great fun. I love my router, I’ve even given it a name; Brian. The hinges are visible, but they too have been inset (thank you, Brian). I was going to hide them, but I chickened out when it came to it. The second level I originally planned to be an ordinary pull-out drawer, but I figured it would be more fun to have it swivel around one corner. Again I inset the hinges to be flush with the rest of the box (you rock, Brian). It gives a kind of “Transformers©” feel to it when it swivels around and it’s kinda hard to see where exactly it is heading and then suddenly, schwoop clack, it is closed. A word of caution, however; when hinging at a mitered corner like this (especially mitered OSB), the hinges are hanging on to basically nothing (It’s not poor quality, you philistine, it’s just delicate…). Anyone know of a better way to do this?
One thing that bugs me is that I didn’t think far enough ahead to make sure that the pattern on the drawer match the pattern just over it.
Think ahead. Not one step, not two steps, but all the way to the finish.
Brian is a powerful machine that needs to be treated with respect. It’s easy to route over the line, and once you do you won’t get that wood back.
I will post some misc stuff shortly.
-- Carpent! And thou shalt be saved....