|Project by Boxguy||posted 06-02-2015 12:02 AM||2101 views||9 times favorited||28 comments|
Thanks for looking. As always I will reply to all of you who take time to “have your say.” I always look forward to your comments, suggestions, and questions.
Ken and I really want more of you to check out the video we made about making and installing splines. Should we make more? How can we improve the video?
Video Link to spline video.
Pictured is a tea box (13 1/2×5 1/2×4 3/4) The sides are Black Limba (from Angola, Africa), The top is Figured Etimoe (from Ivory Coast, Africa), the corner splines Sucupira (from Brazil, South America). Black Limba is found only within a mile of the coast where the moist conditions promote the growth of fungus and molds that give it this wood its unique coloring.
Features: A chain pocket (left) to keep the stop chain from tangling with the teabags, and 12 compartments for various teas. The divider is made from Venetian blinds, and the brass coated steel hinge is mortised in and is very strong. There is a three-part finger indent and it uses 4 coats of finish applied with a cheap one-inch foam brush. The faux-feet are made by routing away sections of the bottom with a 5/8 diameter bit. This same bit rounds the corners and the edges of the top.
Pictured above are a Tide detergent holder for the laundry, a storage unit for the garage shelf, and a six-pack holder for the Kitchen.
Story: In looking over my latest postings I noticed that they are what I would call “nearly boxes.” That is to say they use the same techniques that I use for boxes, but are not really traditional boxes. Since my dermatologist decided to excavate a small spot on my nose and fill it in with a patch from my neck, I am exiled from shop dust, sweat, and physically exertion until it heals a bit. What a bore. I thought I would use this down time to post a couple of projects on line.
Emphasis: corner splines are a trademark of my boxes. I have moved from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch to accent their importance. With a large diameter round on the corner, it lets you see the grain wrap around the box. I love the look, and it sells well. This closeup lets you see how they fit and note the slight chamfer added to the seam between the top and the bottom of the box. The chamfer is done with a couple of light strokes of a hand plane and some light sanding. Once again, here is the video of making and installing splines.
As always…stay safe in your shop. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN