|Project by RHaynes||posted 09-15-2015 04:57 AM||732 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a card box for my little sister who is getting married this weekend. It is red maple, reclaimed from a shed my wife’s parents had on their property, built 40 years ago from rough, local lumber outside Pittsburgh. I resawed it to 5/8” and joined the box with hand-cut dovetails. The bottom is 1/4” maple plywood set in a rabbet. The base and lid are mitered frames (I had to build a 45-degree miter shooting board during this build to get the joints perfect), from pieces milled down to 3/4” square. The lid is 1/4” maple plywood set in a groove, with an engagement picture transferred onto the wood from a laser jet print. Finish is 4 coats of brushed on lacquer, then rubbed with paste wax and buffed out. Two simple hinges mortised into the box and lid mount the lid to the box. I left some of the old nail holes to keep the character of the wood, and picked one oiece that had some nice spalting streaks in it. I even got lucky and got one of the old nail holes at the end of a dovetail for a cool black streak through the end grain. Most of the work was done with hand tools – all the round overs, smoothing, and rabbets were done with planes and chisels. Obviously, a very special build for me. Every minute spent on it was a real joy. I hope ya’ll like it.
Video is at http://youtu.be/Jb4-nkOK5L4
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