|Project by stefang||posted 01-23-2010 08:03 PM||2619 views||7 times favorited||31 comments|
A little jewelry box for my wife as a small thank you for getting me an Excalibur scroll saw for Christmas. I still have to glue some green felt into the bottom and the removable tray. The box is made out of Mahogany and the stickwork design on top is Birch and some kind of wood that closely resembles Mahogony, but is a little more brown in color and the grain is a little more open. I have used this wood for the tray and the handle just to give a subtle color variation.
You might have noticed the wooden hinge. As far as I know, these were originally used on Scottish tea boxes, but they were made differently than mine. I have what I think is an original way to make these hinges. I am helping my grandson to build a box and we will be making a similar hinge for him. I plan to take photos of the hinge making process and post a blog about it.
The “stickwork” refers to the way the design on the top was made. Many might think this is what is popularly known as a “wood mosaic”, but even though the final design inlaid into the top of the box is the same result as a mosaic, it was not made in the same way. I don’t know where the stickwork technique originated, but I do know it was fairly widely practiced in England in the past and of course still is to this day. I won’t say more about it in this post because I plan to do a blog in the near future to show others how to do it. For now I will only say that it is well worth learning because you get a lot back for the time you put into it and it doesn’t require any jigs, just sawing, a little sanding and gluing.
I hope you like the little box and I hope I have wet your curiosity about the hinges and the stickwork. Of course I realize with the web it’s pretty hard to keep secrets nowadays. Thanks for looking!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.