|Project by JayCee123||posted 03-27-2017 06:45 PM||318 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
This guy may be a familiar character. This is a novelty keepsake box made from one solid piece of maple, with ebony used for the nose, inner ear, eye, and collar. The overall measurements of the box are 6” wide (from tip of his nose to the back of his ear); 10” high (from top of his head to bottom of his feet); and approximately 2-3/4” thick.
The black ebony ear plug acts as the box key. Removal of the key allows the cover to slide off the box body on the two sliding dovetails. The figure was cut with a 14” Delta bandsaw, fitted with a 1/16” blade. The cover and dovetails were cut on the bandsaw with the character positioned perpendicular to the bandsaw table. The “drawn” lines across the face of the character box were cut with a Hegner scroll saw. After these lines were cut, the lines were filled with black epoxy. The body contains 3 compartments, all cut free-hand on the bandsaw. The top compartment (within his head) is located under a simple lift up lid, with the dovetail acting as the handle. The two bottom compartments have lift out lids, each containing a pull-out drawer just large enough to hold a couple of rings or pins. The upper compartment contains the new owners name, along with a cartoon of her sleepy friend, lying down on his doghouse roof, holding on to the balloon string. The cartoon and the child’s name were cut from 1/8” thick maple, using the same scroll saw, and much younger eyes. To give context, the doghouse is approximately 1” wide. As is typical with band sawn boxes, many of the bandsaw cuts were glued back in place to retain the appearance of a solid maple block. The piece was left its natural color and was finished with several coats of sprayed lacquer. The compartments and drawer bottoms are covered with black felt flocking.