|Project by kmitty||posted 07-08-2011 01:43 PM||3705 views||12 times favorited||13 comments|
This box was inspired by one I saw a long time ago while searching the net and thought it would be increadibly difficult to make to the necessry accuracy – filed it away at the time as a ‘maybe one day’ activity. Regretably I can no longer find that inspiration online to give attribution – perhaps it was someone here?
Finally decided to have a go as I have a couple of watches that needed an appropriate place to live.
The box is 15cm in diameter. The edges are American walnut and the inset panels are bird-eye maple veneer on mdf ground. Finished with sanding sealer and wax.
I had a couple of false starts deciding how to make the 12 sides. I started off trying to cut pentagons the full size of a side with the idea of veneering that with both the maple and using walnut veneer to form the edges. In the end it proved easier to actually make each side of each pentagon in sold walnut and then glue the 5 pieces of walnut for a given pentagon together around a dummy centre which was popped out once the glue had dried. That gave 12 penrtagon frames which was useful as I could then wrap tape around the edges to hold the overall dodecahedron together while glueing up the complet shape (obviously without glue around the edges where the box opens). The picture of the sketcup model may show what I mean more clearly. Once dry the walnut panels were glued in. Small embedded magnets hold the lid shut.