|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-16-2016 05:57 AM||1355 views||8 times favorited||24 comments|
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Pictured: This is a six-sided jewelry keeper (7×12 1/2×4 1/2) made of American Walnut and Bog White Oak. (I’ll explain the “Bog” part later.)
The Sliding Tray: (8×5 1/2×1 1/4) also has walnut corner splines. I wanted to post this today because this set of three is sold and to be delivered soon. I really like having the box in front of me when I am writing about it, so today was the day for posting the second in this series. I have saved the best for last and will be posting the third box in the series in the future.
The Wood: The American Walnut top and corner splines came from a tree that grew in Galena, Indiana and was blown over by the tailwinds of Hurricane Ike in September of 2008. The sides are made of Bog Oak. It was a White Oak tree that sank to the bottom of the Mississippi River over a century ago. The old growth tree may have been hundreds of years old when it was first cut. A few years ago, this tree was dredged up, cut into quarter-sawn boards and dried out slowly. This box weighs a ton! That is because it is dense, old-growth timber and has mineral deposits that soaked into this wood during its century at the bottom of the Mississippi. This also makes the White Oak a little darker brown.
The Look: I especially like the way the grain flows around this box. It seems like the wood is just wrapped around in this shape. The grain pattern matches exactly at each corner joint. The grain in quarter-sawn oak features “flakes.” These are cross- grained, lighter spots in the wood of this ancient tree.
The Story: I made a series of three of these boxes for a friend to give to his wife and two daughters for Christmas. He wanted them to be similar, but not alike. I also had a couple of buddies who liked this shape and wanted to come to the shop to make their versions of this box.
Now that I was making or helping on six boxes, I thought it would be a good idea to have a pattern as a time saver and a teaching aid for my buddies. So I simply cut a 1/4 inch off the top of my first box and marked the dimensions on the pattern.
The Construction: Starting at the lower left corner, the sizes are 5 inches, 2 7/8 inches, 8 7/8 inches, 2 7/8 inches, 5 inches and 13 3/8 inches.
It takes a board 5/8 of an inch thick, 4 1/2 inches wide, and 39 inches long to make this box. The extra inch is to allow for cutting across the board 6 times to get the length of each of the six sides. Cutting the board into lengths and then cutting the angles on the six pieces means the grain will match exactly at five corners. This pattern will make a box that you can divide with Venetian blind slats into a tea box too.
Fitting the bottom in a six-sided box is difficult so when I finally made one that fit well, it became the pattern that made quick work of cutting the six bottoms that I needed.
The Liner: This simple jig is used to cut the bottom cloth liner for these boxes. It is two pieces of Masonite joined with strap tape. I just hold the jig inside the box and tape the two pieces together.
Then I can cut around the jig and have half or so of a cloth liner for the bottom. I measure and flip the jig over. Now, it becomes the pattern for cutting the other half of the cloth liner. It is a simple jig, but it saves a lot of time cutting liners for a six-sided box.
The End: This is a final look at the finished box. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN