|Project by smitty22||posted 01-16-2011 06:42 AM||1566 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
Well, it’s really a fib to say this is my first box since I practiced a bit (see pic #5), but it’s the first nice box that I’ve made, and I am happy with the result. It’s a gift for my daughter, and is about 6” x 8”, 4” deep.
The box actually has sort of a tangled build history as do most of my projects, and who would use poplar for a nice box? The story is thus: The first four boxes were made as an exercise in learning box joints. A lid for one of these was made from scrap poplar – a glue up that joined the light sapwood in the middle – and it seemed way too pretty to go on a ply box. So, off to the orange box store and found a nice $4.50 poplar board that was close to the lid in grain and the funky green color.
Back to the house, and now instead of making a lid for a box, I was making a box for the lid. Decided to try miter joints with the 45 deg taped joint technique that I believe BBM (thanks Martyn) had revealed a bit ago, and the joints came out really nice, with the grain just flowing around the corners in a most pleasing fashion.
Made a tray out of 1/8” ash from rockler, more miter joints.
Anyway, about 6 or 8 coats of sprayed and hand-rubbed lacquer later, I decided it was done. The poplar with this finish has a very soft almost sllky but warm feel, and a bit of wax and maybe some velvet in the tray and bottom should finish it off.
My wife saw the glue-up and thought it was hilarious that it took so many clamps, so that’s the last pic. Like I said before, I’m new at this!
Thanks for looking, now on to my cutting board and workbench projects.