|Project by daltxguy||posted 01-29-2008 03:31 AM||2375 views||2 times favorited||15 comments|
We had occasion to visit the relatives in the USA over the holidays of 2007. International travel being what it is these days ( multiple security inspections of every kind, restrictions on deadly liquids like water etc.), and because it was the holidays, we were looking to bring unique gifts but without the weight or the bulk or the ire of security. What better than wood products made from native, recycled New Zealand rimu?
We had spotted a box recently at a craft show. It was just a nailed box with a lid which had a definite kitchen motif which likely was meant for food storage or possibly anything about the size of 3 novels put together. We liked the idea but wanted an improvement, make it more appealing and more functional in any part of the house (rather than just the kitchen) so we came up with the idea to build a box with wood joinery embedding a picture frame to the front of it so it can be customized for any room or occasion.
The frame has an opening along the top so you can slip in a standard 4”x6” photo or you can put a postcard in there or any favorite picture for that matter, perhaps with a bit of trimming. So, now you have a beautiful, practical box to use wherever, and you can change out the photos for whatever suits you or to match wherever you want to put it in the house.
One of the boxes is made of recycled kauri (Agathis Australis ) and the other of recycled rimu ( Dacrydium Cupressinum ).
The boxes are finished with raw linseed oil wiped on in several layers and then an application of natural waxes.
The outside dimensions of the box are 137mm (w) x 114mm (l) x 197mm (h)
or 5 3/8” (w) x 4 1/2” (l) x 7 3/4” (h)
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!