|Project by woodchips||posted 12-07-2007 06:24 AM||2808 views||3 times favorited||19 comments|
Well, the other day my wife said to me, “dear we need something to keep Micah youngest) out of the dog food, since it is currently his favorite culinary delight. But she’s not too keen on the idea of him potentially chowing horse meat. So, i headed downstairs to my basement shop and looked around till i found some wood that seemed suitable, this was originally going to to be made from rock maple and walnut but there’s a long, and probably amusing for some of ya’ll, story there, which maybe I’ll get into later. Anyway, after I’d spent some time creating ideas of what the box would look like (chicken scratch on paper) and getting the wood milled to the right sizes, my wife said something to the effect of, “aren’t you done yet?” Of course I replied with what is probably the most common woodworkers reply, “yeah almost”, while in reality I was nothing of the sort. But it was this moment that she saw through the reply and graciously informed me that, “you better not be doing anything fancy” or something like that. I must have had an epiphany of sorts at that moment because I realized I could no longer just slap a plywood box together, it’s just not in me to do that sort of woodworking any longer. Please no one misunderstand me here, there is nothing wrong with slapping plywood together for a box, we all probably did that at one point in our woodworking experience but at some point each of us realized it was something we just couldn’t be satisfied with, especially if it’s for something important like the family dog. This was my first attempt at the box joint and before anybody starts praising it :) let me say that wood-filler/putty covers a multitude of sins. And heres a shot or two of the feet which can’t be seen too clearly but they are basically upside down pyramids with flat tops. I laminated a 5/8 piece of white oak inbetween two pieces of similarly sized walnut and got the look I was after.
Katie had been with us going on 8 years so in dog time that is middle aged, and I thought she could use something nice to eat from. Plus it does have the added benefit of keeping Micah out, which pleases my wife. After truth be told after the box was completed, she did rather like it and I’m sure that once Micah has grown out of his dogfood diet days, we will re-purpose the box for something else.
I’m going to include a few more shots of the box here to give ya’ll a couple of better glimpses of it.
and some beautiful grain up close
both the white oak and the walnut were reclaimed from a dumpster, both were awesome finds
All in all it was fun to build and I’ll defintely be doing more box jointed…well…boxes, I just gotta work on a way to do them with more precision on the ol tablesaw.
-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"