|Project by jeffswildwood||posted 02-19-2016 01:11 AM||1132 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
OK, I had a little time so I thought, “why not make a box, try some new skills”.
The wood. So I attacked my scrap bin and found some cherry, a gift from the saw mill that cut my logs. I wanted this box to be in the style of my treasure chests, just down sized to a jewelry box size. The cherry worked perfect for the blocks to go around. I dug a little deeper and found some walnut. A gift from my neighbor. Great, perfect for the top and bottom to attach the cherry to. Keep digging, I found some birds eye maple that was a gift from jmartel, perfect for the lid. Now for the inside. I found some red ceder that was also a gift from the saw mill. I cut this into strips to resemble boards. Now I needed a lift out tray. I found some poplar I had set back due to it’s grain pattern. Believe it or not, it’s actually curly! I didn’t count the bottom or pins as I don’t know what kind of wood they are or this would have been “seven wood box”!
The build. I began as usual only down sized from 15 X 10 to 8 3/4 X 5 1/4. Instead of kreg screws I used dowel pins to assemble. They can be seen around the inside of the box. I also used miters on the edges instead of butt joints. Instead of an arched lid, I have always wanted to experiment with metal so I inlaid a piece to form the lid. I also rabbeted around the lid, inlaid a strip of walnut, and put a cove in it. Only took three trys! I also made a double tray instead of a single. I had just a little birds eye left so I made some legs.
The finish. Coated twice with danish oil and then two coats of gloss polyurethane. Lined with black felt.
Thanks all for looking and sorry for the long write up but I just had too much fun making this one. I think this one is a keeper.
-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".