|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-18-2016 04:14 PM||819 views||7 times favorited||22 comments|
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Pictured: This is a six-sided jewelry keeper (12 1/2×6 1/4 x 4 1/4) with a Crotch African Mahogany top, quarter-sawn White Oak sides, and Teak corner splines. The internal, sliding tray is made from the same White Oak board and also has teak splines. The black area is a foam and velvet insert that can hold rings, earrings, and small pins. This is a link to a site that sells the insert material on line. If you press down firmly on these foam inserts with a board, you can cut and size them on the table saw using your miter gauge.
The Wood: This box is made entirely from recycled materials. The top came from an African Mahogany tree that grew in Ivory Coast, Africa. It was a weathered, cracked, gray, scrap on the ground at a local veneer mill when I got it. I managed to salvage just enough of the board to make this top. It is crotch mahogany. Crotch grained wood comes from the part of the tree just below a fork or large branch. That gives it this swirling grain (hence, the title “Gets a Swirly”). The White Oak in the sides was scrap from local trim company. It was a cut-off from a much longer board. The corner splines came from a Teak tree that grew in Berma, Asia. This Teak wood was dunnage, or wood used to hold machinery in place during shipping when I got it. Even the bottom plywood was a scrap from a local company that makes architectural plywood.
I am fortunate to live in an area where there are a number of veneer mills and related companies. Hardwood trees grow wild in Southern Indiana. The hills here are covered with oak, cherry, and walnut trees. I have friends who bring me wood from lots of sources. They bring me wood and from time to time i give them boxes. Everyone is happy with this arrangement.
I love how this box looks in daylight. The grain in the White Oak sides has rays that seem to swim along its sides. Seen from the inside, the African Mahogany grain looks like flowing water. The teak corner splines give an attractive contrast and will shimmer in strong light.
The Story: A friend commissioned three jewelry keepers to give to his wife and two daughters. He wanted them to be similar, but not alike. They will be Christmas presents. This is the third in this series of boxes. Here are links to the first and second of this series that I posted on Lumberjocks. They have both been well received, and thank you for that.
Focus: When you are making boxes to sell you can afford to make several in a series. You can experiment with variations on a shape as in this series, or you can vary the shape like this
Or maybe this
Or you could team up with a glass artist to make this.
My point is that boxes don’t have to be an oblong shape with a top. There can be a lot of variety in shape and size.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN