|Project by Don||posted 08-27-2007 09:02 AM||5073 views||15 times favorited||35 comments|
Last week my dear wife told me in no uncertain terms that since I love small wooden boxes so much, it only made sense to give a box as a wedding gift to friends who are getting married.
Well, I was in no mood to argue, but I really didn’t want to interrupt my creative justices on this box, and a couple of times I went into my shop with every intention to start a new box but ended up tinkering with the one that was already in process.
So yesterday, I finally got off my duff and started the wedding gift. I am using Australian Blackbutt as the primary wood. I’ve used it before and wrote about the wood here. This is wood left over from that project.
The design is quite simple. The box walls are 1/2” thick Blackbutt, and the top and bottom is 3/8” Huon Pine. The dimensions are 10.5” x 6.5” x 4.25”. The lid is hinges with wedged dowels, and the bottom of the box floats in a rebate held in place by bamboo strung from front to back on both ends of the box. This idea is a continuation of the wedges used in my Joinery Comp entry. This joinery method will allow the solid bottom piece to expand up to 1mm in both directions.
I used Dovetail joints for the box, but did not concern myself with the knots and pitch holes that interfered with the dovetails. I had to cut the top row of dovetails off as they crumbled when being cut through some wood that lacked integrity.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/