|Project by maplerock||posted 02-27-2016 04:51 PM||1236 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
Long time no see Lumberjocks! I took a part time job… what the heck was I thinking? Since I retired, I forgot how early 9AM is. :-)
I have been working in the shop sporadically, and am always trying to find new designs that will intrigue me and are within my limited skill set. On a recent trip to see my newest grandchild, I saw some Asian style boxes at an art store. I liked the look, and tried to remember some details to incorporate into my boxes when I got home.
This box is called “Yin Yang”. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describes how opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
Here I have utilized a pair of frolicking fish to demonstrate the concept. I lasered them with a CNC machine.
The box is roughly 6” x 6” made of Cherry, with 9” legs of solid Afromosia. The lid is curly Maple with an Afromosia pull. Since the box is square, the lid will fit in any direction, but fits best on one side. To point that out I added a walnut circle on one side to show how to place the lid facing front.
I put rails inside to hold a tray, perhaps for earrings, rings, etc. The tray matches the box, and has decorative and structural splines. It, like the box itself is lined with suede leather.
I beveled the lid to give it an Asian feel, and hope that the overall appearance is pleasing. I think I pretty well achieved what I was trying to do. The legs were a first for me. I did a partial rip on two sides to make the “L” shape to wrap around the box corners, then beveled one side on the band saw… followed by lots of sanding.
I found it difficult to get a perfect fit on the corners after sanding. I glued the legs and dowelled them on one side to ensure contact and stability. I was please with the end result. I will try to sell it at a future sale.
I learn something with every box. Once in a while I get stuck, and I still make mistakes. That’s why I have Boxguy on speed-dial. :-) I hope you like it, and I will try to work less and play (post) more. Thanks for looking!
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana