|Project by Lee Barker||posted 06-30-2011 05:22 PM||1855 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
The client’s father was a significant historical figure in the world of milllwork. I was presented with a 9.5” long piece of pine 4×4 which evidently had birdseye pretty well through it. Also there was a slab of unknown species burl, inch thick, natural in shape, with some live edge that was quite attractive.
I had interior dimensions prescribed, but the rest was left up to me.
I resawed the pine and laminated it to 5.2mm mdf-core ply. I furnished the pine for the pilaster corners and the frame for the top.
I scooted the box around on the burl trying to get a bottom and a top out of it, and then that “front porch” opportunity presented itself. Bingo! I had to carefully piece the falldown, after I cut the top panel, in order to get the perimeter of the bottom covered.
Access is by a screw-on panel on the bottom.
In the center image, I naphthaized the panel so you could see the figure. I reminds me of some polished granite I have seen.
The final image is the leftover burl. There was one good slice and one falldown slice of the pine left.
Overall dimensions, 11.25 wide by 11.5 high by 10 deep (including the front porch). Box itself, outside dimensions, 10.25 wide by 9.25 high by 6.25 deep.
There was a deadline to this project—the family wants to carry the urn in the Fourth of July parade.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"