|Project by Dan||posted 10-21-2010 06:55 PM||3739 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
First off I want to thank all the very talented box makers on this web site. Seeing all the different and unique box’s on this site is what inspired me to try my hand at making boxes. Before seeing all of your boxes I had never considered the idea of using contrasting woods and exotic lumber. I have built about a dozen or so boxes and each one gets a little bit better and closer to perfectly square! :)
This project began at my dads house. He had some big maple logs outside that he had been using for firewood. We discovered that some of the bigger logs had spalted so we decided to mill then into some lumber. The logs were to big for the bandsaw so we used a chain saw to rip the log to some square slabs. Then they were run through the jointer and then re-sawed on the bandsaw. In the end we were left with some very nice looking spalted maple boards.
After drying indoors for a while I decided to go to work on this box. The box is a rather simple and basic design and it only took a few hours to make. I cut the dovetails using my router and Leigh dovetail jig. I cut a small rabbit on the bottom of the boards to fit a piece of hardboard for the bottom. Other then the hardboard bottom the box is made from just 5 small pieces. Two pieces of Mahogany and 3 of the spalted maple boards. The lid was made from the best looking spalted piece and has two small rabbits cut on the end. The lid just sits on the top and drops into the box slightly. I chamfered the top of the box and the lid with a block plane and to finish the box I used spray polyurethane. The picture was taken after the first coat.
I have a good amount of spalted maple left so there will be more boxes like this to come.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"