|Project by ByronBlack||posted 12-26-2007 08:32 PM||1707 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
This is a relatively quick box I made for a xmas present for my grandad this year. I attempted a different box a few weeks ago and made quite a few mistakes on it so I needed to start another. I didn’t start this one until this weekend just gone. I was still working on it in the morning of xmas day so that I could give it to him later that day during dinner.
This picture is just before I finished the lid hence why it looks a little rough – my camera had developed a fault and I lost the final pictures.
Its made from Walnut with beech ‘splines’. The panel is made from a section of spalted maple that I had, it’s quite difficult to work due to all the crumbly area’s and checks that had developed along the black lines of the spalt, but I eventually managed (after three attempts) to get a nice solid piece.
It was made mostly using a router-table setup I have in my outfeed table. In truth it’s just a hole in the table with the router clamped to the underside. My fence is just a lump of flat timber that is clamped into position.
I used a very simple 45 degree jig to hold the box whilest I ran it over a 3mm cutter to produce the slots for the splines. The mitres were cut by passing them across a 45 chamfer bit – this worked particularly well. I normally do these kind of mitres by hand using a shooting board, but this was much more accurate and quicker albeit noiser and dustier, but speed was of the essence of this project.
The finish like all my projects was simple. A shellac sealer coat with a single coat of beeswax.
The box will be used to store his lighters, papers and tobacco.