|Project by Boxguy||posted 12-23-2015 05:24 AM||2305 views||14 times favorited||25 comments|
Thanks for looking and a special thanks to all of you who take the time to pass on comments. It is exchanging ideas and techniques is what makes postings fun for me to do. Keep boxing and keep posting.
Pictured: A hexagonal tea box (10” x 5 1/2” x 5”) with Australian Bee’s Wing Eucalyptus corner splines and top. The sides are made from a Honey Locust tree that grew in Southern Indiana. Hence, the bees and honey title.
Features: This hexagonal tea box features a tri-part finger lift, mortised continuous steel hinge with a 95 degree stop, 9 pockets for teabags and sweeteners, corner splines, an attached top, inset bottom, and dividers made of Venetian blinds. Tutorials for making all of these features are found in the topic index at the end of this post. Just click on the indexed topics below for more information
Woods: Eucalyptus with this bee’s wing grain pattern is amazing.
If you look at this wood on a large computer screen, you can see some of the three layers of pattern. There is a grain running left to right. Then there is a speckled layer of shimmering colors, and finally there are the angled striations that seem to lie on top of everything. In strong light, this wood is stunningly beautiful. I have tried my best, but the photos here do not do this wonderful wood justice. Honey Locust with its slight yellow hue, and simpler grain pattern seemed the perfect foil for the complexities of eucalyptus.
Story: I have a loyal customer who is very definite about what she likes and doesn’t like. I admire her for being very choosy. When she buys my work, it makes me feel that I have earned my money. I wanted to make her a tea box that would impress her. I’ll know after Christmas if I have succeeded.
The customer was thrilled with this tea box. She thanked me repeatedly and even gave me a hug and kiss on the cheek. I can chalk this one up as a success.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic. They start with the topics that are the most basic to making boxes.
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Making music boxes
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Tips for making music boxes
Building a simple marble game
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
-- Big Al in IN