|Project by Don||posted 01-31-2007 09:33 AM||3913 views||3 times favorited||29 comments|
This box is being made for a friend in California. It will eventually have one of my wooden hinges, but I thought that you might like to see it before I finish it.
The wood is Iron Bark. It comes from fence posts that were taken down dividing our neighbor’s property from ours. Apparently, this fence has been in place for about 40 years. The end panels are considerably darker than the front and rear panel. The color in the pictures is fairly accurate. Interestingly, both the front and end panels were cut out of the same post which was about 1 meter in length.
There is no rot, but the pitch veins have completely dried out leaving brittle black pitch that is falling out in some places. I’ve patched this with an epoxy graphite mix. The bottom is Huon Pine which I’ve written about in a number of my blogs and projects.
Obviously, the joinery is the common box joint which I’ve pinned with bamboo ‘nails’. The bottom is held in place with pine wedges. The wedges are glued, but the bottom is free to expand and contract. I’ve never seen this done, so it was a bit of an experiment for me. What do you guys think?
The lid was cut free from the base after I the box joints were assembled. I did this on my TS by cutting around the box leaving a paper thin strip of wood which I cut with a knife to free the lid. This assures that the cut is clean and parallel with the top.
There is a preliminary coat of Tung Oil on the box, but I haven’t turned my attention to finishing yet. I intentionally leave natural features showing in wood like knots, holes and dried out pitch veins. My next step is to insert a veneered Ash burl panel in the lid.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/