|Project by ic3ss||posted 05-25-2011 03:02 AM||1904 views||13 times favorited||9 comments|
After spending much time, effort, and money since last Autumn gathering tools for a woodshop, I’ve completed my first real project: a box for my wife. I started this three weeks ago, working on it on the weekends. I was at Woodcraft a few weeks ago and found a nice piece of Tigre Caspi that I thought had a very interesting grain and would be perfect for this box. I’ve not been able to find a lot of info on Tigre Caspi on the web, but it has a kind of weird grain texture, I don’t really know how to describe it other than it’s an exotic hardwood from South America. It was pretty easy to work with though, and takes an excellent finish. The thing about the grain, though, is that when I ran it through my planer, it tore out a few spots where the grain changes direction, so there’s several rough spots along the boards where the grain is all blown out.
The splines are made from Wenge, and I made the center spline larger so it would serve as the landing points for the shelf. Not really sure how well I like the exterior look of the longer spline, but it serves a purpose I guess.
I also found a small piece of figured maple that would accent the box. I only had enough to make the inset panel in the top, so I picked up a larger piece of non-figured maple to make the bottom, and the tray with. I had a scrap piece of Tigre Caspi left over so I made a grabber handle for the tray with that. I used the Dremmel tool to carve out recesses for the fingers to grab.
I also picked up a hinge set, and man those things are expensive. I like the fact that Woodcraft has excellently detailed and printable directions on how to install the hinges, it kept the most difficult part of the project from becoming a frustrating experience. Finished with wipe on poly.
Thanks for looking, and have a blessed day!
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