|Project by Russel||posted 08-10-2009 12:52 AM||2120 views||2 times favorited||32 comments|
I wanted to try something new and the top of this box is the result. I was experimenting with tapers figuring I could make a clock face out of contrasting woods and it would look kinda spiffy. To do this I needed to cut a bunch of pieces at a 30 degree angle. So I made a jig and grabbed a piece of birdseye maple that was, at first glance, unremarkable.
I made a bunch of test cuts, glued them together and liked what I saw so I decided to use it for a box top. The “flaws” in the wood took on a nice character after they were cut and when it was wrapped in walnut it looked even better.
With the top, I needed a box to put it on so I grabbed another piece of unremarkable birdseye maple. Again, I was in the mood for something a little different so a box joint jig for my table saw was in order. And as if to scold me for being a bit uppity, the wood took on an interesting character after it was cut. (I am going to look at some box joint blades for my saw because my dado set does not give me a very flat bottom cut.)
Now with the top having “character” and the box having “character” the bottom could not be left simple. It would just look incomplete. Thus, the base with feet was made. I haven’t made a jig to do those yet, but I’m thinking about how to do it.
So the mood to make something different resulted in a couple new jigs and a pleasant little box. I liked the way the 30 degree taper jig for my tablesaw worked so much that I made another one for my bandsaw.
The box is 6×9 and stands about 6 inches tall. It’s made of birdseye maple (that has a little curl in it) and walnut. It’s finished with wipe-on poly.
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