|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-13-2016 07:41 AM||2106 views||10 times favorited||36 comments|
Thanks for looking. A special thanks to all of you in Lumberland who take the time to make comments. ask questions, or give suggestions. I do reply to all your comments so check back for feedback. It is your comments that make doing these postings worthwhile.
Pictured: This is a six-sided box (13 L x 7 W x 4 1/2 H) with a Black Cherry top and quarter inch corner splines and Anegre sides. The tray (8 1/4×6) also has Anegre sides and 1/8 inch cherry splines.
Story: A friend asked me to make jewelry boxes for his wife and two daughters for Christmas. He wanted the three boxes to be similar, but not just alike. So I kept the same shape for all three, but varied the sizes slightly, and used different woods in each box. I may post the other boxes later.
Construction Hints: One of the joys of boxmaking is taking imperfect wood and celebrating its imperfections. I love knots, though they can be a pain to finish and work with. I have better luck with knots if I stabilize them first with super glue. Just completely soak the knot and the place where it joins the rest of the wood with thin, runny superglue. After one side dries, turn it over and soak the back side too. With this treatment I have an easier time planing, sanding and finishing the project.
Focus: Lining your boxes with cloth or leather will add a little pizzazz to your project, but it is difficult to fit the cloth exactly as you glue it in. This box has a rail at the front and the back to let the tray slide back and forth. When I installed these rails I put a 1/8 inch removable spacer under them so there would be a small space under each of them. Now, when I want to glue my cloth in the bottom, I have some “wiggle room” in the bottom and it makes fitting the cloth liner much easier. I can make fine adjustments before the glue sets. (Look here for hints about cutting cloth liners.)
Speaking of glue I recommend that you make a trip to your local fabric store and buy Sticky Glue or Mod Podge glue from them. Fabric glue is very thick and tacky. It has a slower drying time and won’t soak through the fabric like carpenter’s glue is apt to do.
Used suede clothing at Goodwill or the like is a cheap source of liner material. Ultra-suede is also a possible material. Remnants from fabric stores is another possible source of liner stock. Leather stores also my have some smaller left over scraps that will fit in boxes. Furniture stores may have outdated fabric books that they will give or sell to you. These swatches are often big enough to act as liners.
I wish you well with your Christmas projects. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN