|Project by Don||posted 07-19-2007 10:04 AM||9590 views||3 times favorited||24 comments|
A few days ago, Bill sent me a Private Message challenging me to make a small wooden box using glueless joinery. This is the result.
The joints are held together with pegs made from bamboo meat-skewers. I soaked the bamboo in water overnight so that when pressed into the holes drilled slightly smaller than their diameter, the wood would compress. When the bamboo dried out the pegs expanded and were securely locked in place.
The peg driven down through the box joint holds the box sides together.
The pegs that form the hinge axles were inserted through holes that are slightly over-sized in the box walls and undersized in the lid.
The base is held in place with wedge pins. The base keeps the box square and removes any slight flexibility due to the glueless joinery.
The design idea was somehow to look oriental as the idea of using glueless joints is somewhat reminiscent of the Japanese genre.
The lid is Silky Oak, Cadwellia Sublimis, from Northern Queensland. The box walls are Rosewood, and the bottom is solid wood; 4mm Tasmanian Myrtle. (The picture above shows the box prior to swapping the ply base over to solid wood. The new base is shown here.)
I have not completed the finished the box yet; I have applied one coat of pure Tung Oil, but will be it will be finished with two or three coats of Danish Oil.
Here’s my dilemma, do I enter this one in the Summery joinery contest – am I allowed to remove the Mallet and replace it with the box??? My current inclination is to enter this box, because I just love small wooden boxes! LOL
[One more thing, the box is sitting on a Kangaroo pelt.]
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/