|Project by Lenny||posted 10-26-2016 08:07 PM||787 views||7 times favorited||17 comments|
This is a box made from techniques appearing in the April 2015 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine (#246). The article does not provide full plans and dimensions for the project so I had to wing it in some areas. The article is titled, “Secrets to a Perfect Mitered Box”, and subtitled, “How to create a seamless grain match and gap-free joints. It was written by Matt Kenney. I liked what I saw and read and decided to try a test box. The primary feature here is to have grain flow around all four corners of the box by using a resaw method. I’m comfortable and happy with the results. Relative to the gap-free joints, that did not go as well as the article led me to believe it would. The corners are mitered and Kenney recommends “sizing” the corners, that is, applying a 50/50 mix of water and glue to help seal the end grain. You let it dry and then apply glue normally when ready for your glue-up. When I tried this, the boards actually curled or cupped slightly! With clamps applied where needed during glue-up, I was able to remove or reverse the cupping. The box is made from white oak. For decorative purposes and also, just in case, I added mahogany keys to the corners. When it came to the bottom and lid, I had some scrap walnut that was not vibrant in color so I opted to use it here. I also decided to try my hand at veneering, on the lid. A friend and fellow LJ, Mike (Rxmpo), sent a sample pack of veneer to me back in 2013 and I had not used any of it. While not certain, I think this veneer is either ribbon mahogany or ribbon sapele. It is nicely figured. The lid lift is also mahogany. I added a bevel to the edges of the lid field. This exposed more of the walnut and I like the contrast. However, if I knew I was going to do this, I would have used mahogany instead of walnut. The trays have mitered corners but are so small, I did not include keys. I added dark brown felt to the tray bottoms. The finished dimensions of the box are ten inches long by six inches wide and 3-3/4 inches tall. I opted for a jewelry box stop hinge. The finish is Watco Danish Oil followed by Howard’s Feed-n-Wax, a citrus-based product with carnauba wax. I feel the box came out well enough to give it as a gift. I shipped it to Mike and he is quite pleased. Thanks again for the sample veneer pack Mike. I have several pieces left for future projects.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI