|Project by james3one||posted 10-15-2016 11:25 AM||426 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Small solid mahogany box. The construction was simple. I had a left over piece of 4/4 mahogany that I used to repair an old chair. I resawed it into three pieces. I used the outer pieces for the sides, top and bottom and the inner for the mouldings. Cut the sides to size then mitered them on the shooting board. Used hide glue and secured the corners with packing tape. The key slots were cut by hand and keys made from solid beech. Slightly lighter than the mahogany it was a nice subtle contrast. Used my cutting gauge to layout the mouldings then ripped that board into four pieces. I filed a round in one of my card scrapers to shape the top mouldings.
Finish was bit more complex. I used tried and true Danish oil and applied it with 220 wet/dry sandpaper. That helped fill the grain and even out the surface. After that cured I used a simple french polish, adding multiple layers, til I had the depth that I was looking for. Gave that a day to fully cure then sanded the entire box with a 400 grit wet sand using water to reduce the shine. finally a couple coats of dark paste wax and a nice buff. Picked out a nice bit of green felt to line the bottom with, just the right color. Found out later that it’s Kelly Green.
The most challenging part was the size 5” x 6” x 3-1/2”, roughly. All hand tool work. The smaller dimensions meant much more attention to detail. Made use of my smallest chisels and tools. That miniature shoulder plane from Veritas was helpful in a number of areas. I have one of their 1/4” detail planes but kept going back to that little shoulder plane.
-- James, Tulsa OK,