|Project by ellen35||posted 09-21-2009 02:57 PM||1888 views||2 times favorited||28 comments|
Here are 3 boxes I made over the last month. I was going to wait until I had one more finished but Len (Dusty56) was so encouraging that I thought I’d post them now with the story of each. The “little minnow” is 6 inches long and is mahogany with a maple “fin” handle. The larger minnow is 10 inches long and is a combination of maple, luan mahogany and walnut – it is also my first attempt at flocking (black flock). The third box is just the right size for tea. The top is purple heart (I’m gonna hate it when that top turns brown!) with the Asian touch made using my new router table. I ended up using parts from a lamp for the spacers on the handle as they were thin and able to be screwed in on both ends – got them at my local hardware store for about .45 each! The box itself is made from a butcher block sample given to me by a friend who works in a kitchen design showroom. He has given me 3 of these so far… all different woods. I simply take off the edge, run them through the planer to get them clean and smooth and resaw them on the table saw. It is really free wood for me and I still have a very hard jatoba and a beautiful cherry to work with (and he promises more – as they replace the samples, they throw away the old ones – now recycled to me!). This box is made from some exotic whose name escapes me (and I cut it off the end before I could write it down!!). In the background are 2 cutting boards that I made.
Thanks for looking – and Len, thanks for your encouragement!
-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire