|Project by dalepage||posted 04-30-2016 10:59 AM||693 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Last year I bought a pallet of rejected gunstock blanks. Each is about 3 inches thick and 18 inches long. Much is maple, quilted or bird’s eye. I use a 14-inch Rikon bandsaw to resaw the blanks into boards. This produces a book-matched pair for making a wrap-around grain pattern in a box. The third and/or fourth boards are for the top and bottom of the box, positioned and dimensioned mostly according to the grain.
Lately I’ve been gluing the top and bottoms instead of insetting them into the sides before assembly. I’m liking this better with the rounded corners and miter splines of the same wood as the top.
The lid is attached with an 8-inch piano hinge or two small hinges if the box is less than 8 inches interior length.
The blanks cost me less than $2 each and they sometimes contain grain which you just couldn’t buy. I’ve got over 150 of these in my garage to choose from. You never know where you’ll find a bargain.