|Project by Blake||posted 10-30-2007 02:16 AM||3126 views||11 times favorited||26 comments|
I am particularly fond of this box. The wood is a gorgeous piece of curly Koa wood. The small piece of lumber was my “souvenir” (some assembly required) from our honeymoon to Kawaii in July 2006. It was a gift to my wife and me from myself.
The piece of wood had jagged, un-even edges and it was not rectangular. So I spent a long time designing a box that would be the most efficient use of the wood. I toyed around with the idea of using the entire piece of Koa as the lid of a box. But with the odd shape of the piece this design worked best. I was able to design it so there was almost no waste of the original piece. I also wanted to see the maximum surface area of the Koa to show it off as much as possible.
No fancy joinery here, I just wanted to let the wood do the talking. It is held together based on the principle that side grain-to-side grain glue joints (with enough surface area) are strong. The two end sides are double-walled to form a rabbet for the front and back to glue to. The inside part of the “double-wall” has its grain oriented so that its side grain contacts the side grain of the front and back piece.
The curly Koa glows and shimmers like gold in the sunlight. Because I re-sawed the piece and matched the sides, the grain wraps around the box and even appears to wrap up over the lid. From any angle the grain appears to slant up and to the right. The bottom of the box is walnut. I plan to line it with a piece of dark green suede to remind me of the lush green rainforest which covers Kawaii.
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