|Project by Andy||posted 12-06-2010 05:06 PM||5391 views||35 times favorited||61 comments|
I was wanting to make a gift for Lorene, a friend that was in the hospital recovering from open heart surgery and didnt think one of my larger boxes was something she would want in a hospital room. A simple hand crafted gift, easy to hold, eye catching…this was the result. I gave it to her yesterday and she was tickled, she is an inspiration to me and many others. _She is 86 and opted to have surgery knowing it might extend her life several more years or she might very well not live through it. She is a very tough lady…she had 16 kids!
I call these little boxes “Palm Boxes”.
This one reminds me of the old desk top radios from years ago, though not planned that way, I just wanted to try out an idea I had. I wanted to bore holes and then insert matching buttons and turn the direction a little, then decided that looked more like a mistake than intentional planning, the grain isnt strong enough to give a nice effect. I could have simply inserted a contrasting wood like maple and that would have been a nice touch, but I wanted to puzzle the viewer. So I decided that I would inlay a thin strip of maple into the bloodwood, making it long enough to bore holes and cut the face out of one end and cut plugs out of the other. Then, rotate the plugs and glue them in. I know many of you out there see this as easy, but was new to me and I have never seen it done before. Its kinda cool dont you think?
The front is bloodwood with a maple inlay.
The sides and back are plain maple.
The top is fiddle back maple.
Black velvet lines the bottom.
Two 1/8 brass pins act as hinges.
Finish is Deft lacquer.
NO full sized boards were harmed in constructing this box.
This design is my own, but is no more than a variation of similar boxes on LJ. I have my own ways of doing things and this box combines several of those techniques.
Thanks for looking and posting comments,Andy
-- If I can do it, so can you.