|Project by stefang||posted 05-04-2011 07:53 PM||1947 views||4 times favorited||25 comments|
My son is getting his apartment ready to sell as he will be moving to Sweden soon. My wife and I were helping him out when I ran across this box I made for him about 14 years ago. He asked me if I could refresh the finish for him, so I took it home.
I thought it might be fun to show you this old work. It was my very first box and my very first wood carving. I really worked hard at that carving and I know it’s not good, but I was proud of it at the time (or maybe just proud that I actually finished it). The box is made from Birch.
The one thing I still like is the clasp on the front. As you can see from the pics above, the clasp locks onto a very short, small dowel that sticks out a little less than 1/16”. The clasp is doweled into the box at the bottom leaving it just flexible enough so it can be pulled out at the top enough to slip onto the dowel and keep enough pressure to keep the box firmly locked. The clasp is hollowed out a little on the inside top part to accept the dowel. This was my own idea/design, but I’m quite sure the concept has been used a lot since the stone age.
I also want to take the opportunity to tell all my LJ buddies that right now my participation is pretty hit and miss, but I’ve got so much to do outside the shop right now that I’ve been too tired at night to sit much on the computer. I do have your posts in my mail notifier (about 150 of them at present) and I will be looking at and commenting on your posts, but in catch-up mode. So don’t think I’ve forgotten you!!
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.