|Project by Philip Edwards||posted 01-28-2010 10:58 AM||2706 views||7 times favorited||14 comments|
I built this for my Wife as a Christmas present – I wanted to give her something I had made along with the store bought presents. I chose two special boards from my hoard of timber – a piece of Ripple Ash for the main timber and a piece of Macassar Ebony for the lid.
Time was short so instead of dovetails for the carcase joint I used simple rebates, hoping that the figure of the timber would take your eye away from the corner joints. The ebony lid fitted into grooves run around the inside, and I made the top of the lid slightly proud with a small chamfer around the perimeter to add visual interest. The bottom of the box was made from Maple. I pre-finished the interior of the box and the top and bottom with blonde shellac before gluing up .
The box was then glued together, and when dry the lid was cut away on the table saw to give two sections. I cleaned up the cuts and gave the exterior of the box a final planing and then applied more shellac. Two brass butt hinges were fitted to hinge the lid and a handle made from an offcut of Ebony was shaped and mortised into the lid.
For the interior I made a small lift out organiser tray from 1/4 inch maple – this completed the box.
The whole project took a day – time was short, so I just got on with it. I was very pleased with the way it came out and didn’t regret my decision not to use dovetails – the stunning figure of the Ash steals the show.