|Project by Don||posted 12-19-2006 11:01 AM||4642 views||11 times favorited||14 comments|
Here’s one more box made from a recycled River Red-gum fence post. In Australia, this wood is still used for that purpose because of the wood’s resistant to rot and insect infestation. Whenever I see old fences being torn down, I ask for the fence posts. They are usually free for the taking. However, it is necessary to allow the wood to dry out for at least six months before milling.
This one is designed with simplicity in mind. It features hand-made wooden hinges, and Tasmanian Oak trim. Because the original fence post was only 90mm in width and I needed a piece 140mm wide to make the top, I edge-glued the top from two pieces. On one side the match is fairly good on the underside it is less so.
I love to feature wood with natural ‘flaws’. It’s a matter of letting the wood do the talking. However, if the flaw threatens the integrity of the piece, I tend to use an epoxy mix to fill and strengthen the wood. You can see this on the underside of the lid.
The joinery in this small box, one of my design, is half-blind dovetail. The top trim piece is mitered to cover the ‘butt-joint’ effect of the joint. I now use 4mm birch ply for the bases of all my boxes. I find it easy to match the color of the bottom panel to the primary wood using a water-based tint.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/