|Project by Schnur||posted 12-13-2015 06:03 PM||890 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Boxes are great for learning new techniques so that they can be applied to larger and more complicated projects. They are also a great way to showcase your skills as a woodworker and an artist, because they can easily serve as a blank slate for your imagination. It can be fun to add certain elements that are structurally not necessary in the slightest, which is in my opinion one of the great joys of box making.
These are two sister boxes I recently made. One is made of leopardwood with quilted maple, birdseye maple, and walnut burl veneers used for the top. The other is made of canarywood with walnut burl, birdseye maple, and quilted maple veneers used for the top. Brusso stop hinges were installed on both boxes and I think I might have an addiction for Brusso hinges. Their build quality, great looks, and smooth action probably contribute to that. Satin polyurethane was used to finish the veneers and danish oil was used for the rest of the boxes.
The sides were curved with a table saw using varying blade angles, which was time consuming but rewarding. Splines were probably not needed from a strength standpoint, but I think they are cool and fun to install. Along with other woodworkers, it pains me to waste wood, which is why I use the veneers that are cut from the sides of the box for the ceiling and floor of the interior.
Canarywood was a dream to work with and I would like to incorporate it in future projects. I found that I was allergic to leopardwood, which made for a very itchy week of woodworking!