|Project by nebulous||posted 09-08-2010 06:42 PM||1572 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
So this is my first box ever, completed. Intended as a pen/pencil/etc storage box, even though I don’t need a pen box. Go figure.
I ordered a small quantity of “wood that isn’t pine’ from new lumberjock Rick Koorman, in the form of small blocks of walnut. And he was kind enough to throw in some ‘samples’ of various exotic woods, including padauk. The blocks of walnut are about 1.5×1.5×12”, I guess he uses them for turnings, but I intend to use them for things like this.
The bottom of the box is some bamboo flooring pieces I had laying around, 6mm thick, placed in a rabbet.
It underwent a few ‘design’ changes. Initially I wanted a sliding lid. Because of space constraints I decided it should have a pull off lid, in a rabbet much like the bottom. But when I cut a stick of padauk in half (by hand) and it had a slight overhang, I thought it looked great, so I went with that and planed off the rabbet, making the box less tall and better balanced.
I then decided it looked top-heavy, and added the feet, which are real tough to glue on straight. I did the bits on the lid last, and figured out how to get them both straight and perfectly spaced, so that the lid presses on (without much force), stays on, but is easily removed.
For a finish I used ‘wood oil’ which I got with my furniture. In the first two pictures you can see it gives a luscious wet look, which is flattened quite a bit when it has dried. I’ll see how it holds up.
In the close ups you can see the lack of straightness in many pieces, but I’m real happy with the result anyway!
Short story: Boxes are awesome.