Bird's-Mouth Joinery Red Cedar Scrolled First nations Design Jewelry Box

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Project by woodreamer posted 02-07-2016 06:41 PM 1493 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is my first attempt at using bird’s-mouth joinery. I bought two router bits from Lee Valley, one 8-sided cutter and one 6-sided. For this box, I chose the 8-sided one, because I preferred that my first project would be octagonal .The included instructions from Lee Valley were very informative and helpful in setup and possible usages. The 8 staves that form this box were ½ inch stock of red cedar– 4 – (3 in. x 1.5 in) non routed and 4- (3 in x 3 in. routed both sides). It should be mentioned that these bird’s-mouth bits must be used with a router table and fence. The tricky part is to set the correct height and eventual depth of the cut to get the maximum surface for gluing, and the least amount of overlap of the joints . I went through several scraps of wood to get it close to where I wanted it. For the lid, I used the same widths as the box and reduced the height of each stave to ¾ inch. After cutting the pieces I used elastic bands for clamping. These bits make excellent glue edges. After sanding the corners round with a disc sander, I used cherry plywood I had for the box bottom. I decided to scroll a First Nations Sun (Turtle which seemed to fit the surrounding shape of the lid. Brass hinges were used. The lid liner was stained with water based cherry. The box and lid were finished with an undercoat of clear shellac, followed by 3 coats of Polyrub . Thanks.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 07:02 PM

Sure looks great to me Bob. Very nicely done, and the Sun really adds a Spirit to the box. I can see this box being treasured for many years (decades) to come.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 09:11 PM

Appreciate your kind words John!

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 09:14 PM

Nice box – a while back I found a set of three bits ( one was used) on eBay and promised myself I’d try them soon. been almost a year, guess it’s time

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 04:15 AM

Beautiful shape of the box. Great job with top scrolling – I like the theme.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 05:22 AM

Thanks a lot Ivan!

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 11:44 PM

Something different…something good!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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