|Project by Karson||posted 12-25-2010 09:53 PM||2574 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
When I first saw the ”Andy’s Palm Boxes” I knew that this was something that I wanted to make. I’ve got a mini collection of fancy woods around that I’ve cut up for making pens so i thought I’d use some of them.
So on this box for my wife I didn’t use any of them. The bottom is Genuine Mahogany as it is now called so they don’t have to identify what country it came from. The front and back is some nice figures Sapele. The ends are regular old Cherry wood that was a scrap from a plank that had some figured that I cut off. This was from the non-figured area.
The top is a piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl that I had and I re-sawed into some 1/2” chunks that I was going to make a couple of clocks. The clocks were never made so I cut some 3” wide sections from the burl. This piece was close to the outside burl edge and I kept a piece of the burl spikes on the front corner of the lid. My wife loved it. There was also some bark inclusions inside the burl and they are visible on this piece.
Since it was about 45 deg. in the shop and I didn’t have anyplace to spray or use some Deft finish that Andy used, I though I’d use some Brazilian Rosewood Nut oil (Penofin) for the finish. I put it on one night and then for the next day I kept wiping it with the same rag that had not fully dried. It just put a little more on the surface of this piece. I wiped it down with the palm of my hand just before taking the pictures to give it a little shine.
I made 17 of these boxes in the last couple of days They will be gifts for my “Girls” this Christmas. My wife said “Your Girls?” I said daughters, daughters in law, and grand daughters. I might have to make a couple of “Manly” ones for a couple of the “Men in my life!” If they don’t want any of the extras that I’ve already got, I’ll let them select their own wood and make it later for them.
Andy thanks for the box and the tutorial on making them. This is a genuine “Made by Karson W Morrison” item.
Andy used brass welding rod for the hinges. I opted to use Brass Escutcheon Pins that are 16 Ga and 1” long. I used a 1/16” drill in the lid and a #52 drill for the ends. The pin turns easily in the ends and is tight requiring tapping to put it in the lid section. If they try and work their way out it will be easy to just tap them back into place.
Merry Christmas to all of my LumberJock friends.
If you want to see inside the burl inclusion on the lid go here
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