|Project by Don||posted 07-21-2009 05:30 PM||1876 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
This is the second of two boxes just completed, also from Cocobolo.
This one, believe it or not, was more trouble than the last one I completed.
The first design I did was full height (as seen in the pictures) with the lid sitting on top and a base made from Bubinga. After looking at the semi-finished product, I was completely uninspired with it and found it very boring to look at. After a brief conversation with another forum member from the Canadian Woodworking Magazine forum, I decided to cut away the top 3/4” of the box. The new height was more pleasing to the eye but I still had some details to work out with the top and decided on this design.
My original design called for brass hinges and a brass clasp on the front but even though I pre-drilled for the God-awful tiny nails, the Cocobolo showed them who was boss and refused to allow entry without bending. I was starting to get frustrated and a bit panicked because the client was supposed to be over that night to decide which box she wanted to give to her Mom (see previous post) and I was running out of ideas.
I thought “well, if brass hinges won’t do, how about wooden ones?” so I ran back to the workshop and made these beauts (?) from Cocobolo. Not the most eye pleasing design but functional. I didn’t even bother trying to install the brass latch but made one out of, you guessed it, Cocobolo!
Again, I liked the heart touch in the bottom. Might become my signature, “Made with Love”.
I think Gremlins twisted the handle when the glue was setting…I didn’t notice until I looked at the picture…..Arrrrrrrrrgh!!!!
Three coats of Kunos oil and three coats of wax finish this beastie off.
(again, shameless display of the lighthouse) :o)
-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca