|Project by Andy||posted 06-13-2009 08:02 PM||23200 views||160 times favorited||51 comments|
Just another box….BUT with a twist! This box looks like any other,you pick it up and open the lid like usual.But give the handle a tug and the center panel ( medallion)pops up and a tray pulls down by the hanging ribbon.
The handle fits perfectly snug against the edge of the lid,there are no pins or screws,and the medallion fits nicely.All of which means that there is no give-away to the fact that the center panel lifts up.
This box was designed for the last contest we had but I didnt finish it in time. I missed it by 3 hours.haha Oh well…if it hadnt been for the contest this box would never have been designed.
I wanted to enter this box in that contest which would incorporate both the Knot and the Secret elements in one project.
The knot was just a matter of finding one that lended itself to the scene without being too obvious.This piece of Myrtle Wood was selected because it made me think of a moon rising over the desert,or a storm blowing across a barren planet,but thats just my over active imagination.
This is what I came up with after a lot of thought,but wasnt sure if it could be done.But I had to try.
How was I going to make a lid and tray fit within a 3/4’’ thick lid,and conceal the opening and closing device from every angle? It had to be a secret after all,no tell tales to give it away.
So I made a full size prototype box out of pine and started laying out the hinges,trays,etc in the lid and knew it could be done if I was very very careful. Part of the problem is allowing for wood expansion and only removing enough wood on the lids so all the joints still appear to be tight. How its done: I made one of my miter corner boxes 11’’ w x 7’’ d x 3.5’’ h I routed out a 5/8 recess around the top of the box edge to recieve the lid which is 3/4’‘ I routed out a 5/8 recess in the lid to recieve the medallion which is 3/4’‘ On the backside of the medallion I routed out a 1/2 recess for the tray The tray is 1/2’’ thick and I routed a 7/16’’ recess I used Soss 10mm barrel hinges for both the lid and tray
- The tray hinges on brass pins in the side.
Because the top of the lid is so thin (1/8),I had to carefully shape the top to a soft pillow shape.That was nerve wracking :) The Mechanics:
To access the tray under the medallion,you gently pull outwards on the handle.
The handle has two 1/8’’ brass alignment pins to guide it in and out and they also act as the hold down for the pop up lid.
The pop up mechanism is two opposing super magnets.
I am out of room here,so will post more below.
More details here:
Anniversary present for my wife Marilyn
-- If I can do it, so can you.