|Project by Woodhacker||posted 05-20-2009 11:49 PM||3115 views||7 times favorited||23 comments|
I’ve done a number of boxes over the past two years based on a Woodsmith Magazine plan, yet each are unique in their own way. I know there are other LJs who use this plan as well. This box was made specifically to be auctioned at a fundraiser for a local parochial grade school. The school’s mascot is the “wildcat” and the inlay is a reproduction of the school’s official mascot/logo. I’ve done a few other dovetail boxes using the KSU powercat logo as an inlay, one of which I posted here on LJ some time ago.
This one is made of Carribean rosewood, curly maple and birdseye maple, with purpleheart for the inlay. Unlike the original plan which calls for attaching the sides with dowels, in mine I use 2 inch by ¼ inch mortise/tenon joinery for the sides and front/back. The base is hickory which is tongue and grooved into all four sides.
The inlay pieces are approximately 1/8 inch deep. Some of the larger inlay pieces were “steam” bent over a hot pipe to match the curvature of the top. Actually, I soaked the pieces in water for a few minutes before bending. This worked out very well (except for a slightly burnt finger). This was done to reduce stress in the glue up and eliminate any chance of the wood memory springing back and affecting the integrity of the glue joints over time.
I didn’t have time to put the type of hand polished, multi-coat oil/poly finish that I put on most of my boxes, so this one has three coats of teak oil, followed by a couple coats of paste wax.
I was told later the box sold at the auction for $250.00. This is the closest I’ve come to ever selling a project. Until now they have always been gifts. So I’m glad it went for a good purpose.
-- Martin, Kansas