|Project by Andy||posted 11-16-2016 03:07 PM||1191 views||20 times favorited||43 comments|
This box is the result of playing around with scraps of wood and trying to come up with another way to feature a great piece of Ziricote that I wanted to use for the panel.
The body is Claro Walnut. The curved design on the lower half of the box was made by drawing the design on a piece of plywood and cutting it out on the bandsaw. After smoothing out the lines I attached it to the walnut board that I would be using for the body using double stick tape. Then, with a router and a top bearing pattern bit I removed about 1/8” of material just to define the shape. I then used a Foredom with a small burr and carved in the textured surface. Then I cut/mitered my box sides to size.
After the box was glued up I inserted the splines. The ones that were in the textured area stuck out like a cockroach on a wedding cake, but I simply blended them in using the Foredom and burr. Pretty simple really.
The lid is the same walnut with the center removed and the edges dyed black. I then sliced off a 1/2” piece off the sides and set that aside for later.
I then made a jig to hold this frame with the Ziricote panel spaced equally from all sides using spacers. I then drilled 1/8” holes for the brass rods that would hold the panel. I took it apart and beveled,sanded and finished the panel and inserted the rods and then glued on the 1/2” strips of Walnut to cover the holes. Then I cut a Paduak panel for the back and cut a rabbet around the edges to allow it to fit up into the frame, but just enough to clear the Ziricote panel to ensure it wouldn’t bottom out. After testing I radiused the edges and finished it.
I then finished fitting the lid to the box and inserted the hinge pins.
The base is White Oak that has been charred and then wire brushed to accentuate the grain. India ink was used to even out the black.
The corner splines are Gaboon Ebony.
The handle is Macassar Ebony.
I quit worrying about making sensible, usable dividers, (a functional jewelry box), a few years ago. I don’t enjoy making them and they take ME too long to make. Sooo….I spend three times as long playing around with ideas …. fitting pieces…scrapping the whole idea….and starting over…until I like the results….go figure :-)
I took a piece of live edge Myrtlewood and scooped out three trays that flow into each other…sort of like tide pools. The rippled edge reminded me of an eroded canyon face and that led me to thinking of a bridge to span the chasm that could hold rings or…..something. The black velvet resembles a lake and acts as another tray.
Funny how the brain works.
Thanks for looking.
-- If I can do it, so can you.