|Project by Andy||posted 05-18-2009 03:50 PM||6077 views||51 times favorited||38 comments|
I made these little boxes for three of my granddaughters, Daisy, Jessica, and Caitlin.
I tried out a few new ideas, such as inlaying bands of wood running several directions. Also, I made the handles by cutting a kerf in a larger blank, then recutting to the final size and shape and inserting a wood of contrasting color. I like the results.
These are very easy to make and open the door for your own design ideas. Very little wood is used and its a great way to incorporate those exotic scraps you have been saving.The lids lift off, no hinges to install.
The lid sets into a rabbet that is 1/2’’ deep x 3/4’’ wide. I make the box,install the corner splines and sand the sides smooth, then set up my rabbet bit in a table and flip the box upside down and carefully run it around the bit. I take about three passes,the last one also will clean up most of the burns. A very sharp bit is needed to minimize tearout at the corners, but that still happens on occasion.Then just cut the lid a little over size and sand to fit.The corners are the same radius as the bit, which I profile on the sander. You can also cut close to the line on the bandsaw and then sand to fit checking often. Allow a paper thickness gap on all sides to allow for finish.
They are about 6’‘x 4’’ x 2.5’’ high.
No stain and just a lacquer finish.
I lined each with colored paper,card stock weight. I sealed the paper with lacquer.The girls had mentioned that they wanted a little box to keep sea shells, rocks, and other items kids collect, so I decided that dividers and a velvet liner were not sensible.
The bodies on all three are Cherry, the lids are Maple, and the accents are Walnut, Bloodwood, Purple Heart and Cherry.
Needless to say, they were very excited :-)
Thanks for looking.
-- If I can do it, so can you.