|Project by smitty22||posted 02-25-2011 01:42 AM||1597 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
Another box, finished today just in time for daughter’s birthday tomorrow. I guess this could be called a keepsake or jewelry box, although I’m not too sure what the difference is.
A couple of twists in this one… It started as practice for box joints using 11mm ply Baltic birch. Then decided to practice some hinges (not so easy, I found!), and try to come up with a lid that was different than what I’d tried before. Sort of a skill builder project on several fronts. When all done it looked good enough for a gift, so spruced it up a bit and away it goes.
Box is about 6×8x4”, and the lid is ¾” BB ply edged with ½” x ¾” ash ripped from a single board to try to match grain and have it flow around the box. Ply lid is recessed into the box by 3/16” to give a nice tight fit and the ash stands proud of the ply about the same giving a picture frame effect. Handle is a scrap of cocobola with a tenon cut on the backside and glued to a mortise cut in the edge of the lid. The mortise cut was after the lid was finished, and was a bit scary since I hadn’t used my old craftsman router in years! Built a four-compartment tray of birch, and lined the bottom of the box with a nice piece of wine-colored leather.
Finish is 6 coats of sprayed lacquer – anyone notice the slight blue tint? That’s just a pinch of PPG shimrin’ blue powder added to the last coat of lacquer, really shows up in the sunlight and tones down the coarse grain of the ash, sort of helps it blend with the birch.
Anyway I post this with thanks to all of the accomplished craftsman and artists for the boxes they produce that inspire us, and to show that humble beginnings in box building can be fun and sort of pretty, even without $12/bf exotic wood… I think I’ll build another! (However, these things are addictive, and I really need to stop and build a workbench.)
Thanks for looking.