|Project by TelescopeMaker||posted 01-09-2011 04:09 AM||1405 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
At the beginning of December everything stopped… I had to make a present for my wife. “Ahah! A nice box”, I thought. So I got some black walnut and made a mess of it and decided that there was a lot more to making a box than slapping some wood together.
This is my first box. It is mahogany and rosewood with no stain. I am particularly proud of the placement of the grain detail on the top, and on the right side. Also the hand made wooden hinges. The finish is several coats of semi-gloss lacquer over a single sealing coat of shellac. The feet, the knob, and the pins that attach the wooden hinges to the box are made of rosewood. The hinges are made of the same mahogany. The pins are 1/16” brass rods from the local Ace Hardware where I also got the felt pads.
I turned the feet and knobs on my little lathe.
The corner miters and the slots into which the bottom and top reside were made with my router.
I used my bandsaw to cut the top from the body after it was all glued.
I used my father’s #5 Stanley Bailey jack plane and my newly acquired #7 plane to smooth the edges at the top and bottom.
All fall I’ve been looking for second hand tools on Craigslist and came across a nice Makita planer, so I got it. But wait!I didn’t have a fence for my bandsaw so resawing was proving to be a pain. So the box project stopped dead while I made a brand new auxiliary table and fence for my bandsaw.
With time running out before Christmas I spent every available hour out there, complete with Santa hat resawing the mahogany, running it through the thickness planer and building the box. Finally got done a few days before Christmas.
It was an immediate hit. score one for Bill!
-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower