|Project by mgb_2x||posted 01-11-2010 02:47 AM||1880 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
Recently I admired a box (400 Wood Boxes book page 286) made of Koa that used a herringbone/basket weave pattern in the top. So I figured I should give the idea a try. I have done many boxes using a typical subway tile pattern and those are pretty easy, this pattern is a bit more tricky. With all of the pieces at 90 degrees to each other and at a 45 to what would be the side, it was like herding cats, push them one way they slide in a different direction. It did not take me long to realize I needed a fixture to hold them all in oder. There is a picture of the simple little jig I made to hold it all together. This style does require a bit more time to cut all the parts. I basically made strips 3/4 high and plane them to .500 thick as precisely as possible. Then I created a cut off station on the table saw to cut them as close to 1.000 in length as possible. Then the fun starts gluing it all together. Once they are all in position I did some fine tuning adding a clamp here and there to get the herd all “squeezed up”. The pieces include walnut, silver maple, oak, cherry, bubinga, wenge, rosewood, tiger wood and lacewood. I like the end result and will do some more. Wish I could do it in Koa but here in central Illinois that goes for about $100 a bf.
-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove