|Project by mtkate||posted 06-05-2010 11:26 PM||2007 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
I recently watched the series of videos on FWW about box-making – the one where you cut the lid off with the tablesaw…. so I decided that’s what I would make my dad.
I have had a piece of lacewood hanging around, waiting for this. I made the accents in walnut (and made a throwaway jig to cut the miter key joints on the tablesaw). I am wishing I had ebony – it would have popped more. Lacewood – what an interesting wood. So splintery! But so beautiful. I made sure that the outside of the box had all similar patterns – you can see the inside of the lid where the pattern differs. The bottom is made of a piece of cherry that I pieced together after thinning it out on the bandsaw. I like the look of it.
I was going to make a little handle in walnut, but my sig. other who has much better taste than I do said it looked perfect the way it was. Comments/feedback on that? I still have time…
What is missing is some sort of chain inside to keep the box from falling over. After putting in the hinges, the need became apparent.
I am still not 100% happy with my miters, but they are re-enforced and I will keep my fingers crossed. Maybe in 100 years an ancestor will have to repair it. This was the first time I used my router to make the miter joints. I think it does a better job than the tablesaw and it was indeed less scary.
So far there are about 6 coats of wipe-on poly on this box. Lacewood just sucks it up. I will keep going until father’s day as much as the box wants….