|Project by Waldschrat||posted 07-17-2011 03:48 PM||1734 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
(Welcome to the Machine)
Well here it is… I love this album from Pink Floyd, I love the art from Storm Thorgerson, and I kind of always wanted to try something of this level of detail.
I also wanted to build a box for writing utensils (pens, paper, ink, wax, envelopes and so on) and have it all organized inside, and protected. Then it occured to me that the title of this song/album, the purpose of the box (writing is often done when one misses another), and the difficulty of making something like this, or rather the concentration!
I thought that since I do not have my writing desk finished yet (well I have not yet even begun) that, it would be nice to have a sort of board or surface to write on. well as it is I happened to have some 2mm thick Linoleum and I used that, because its a natural product and its PERFECT for writing on, because its not cold like stone or Formica, its not soft and “dent-able” like wood, nor does it have pores like wood, its cleanable, and still gives in a little bit.
When the linoleum writing surface is in the box, it sits in a rebate on the edges and has itself a small rebate allowing to sit lower in the box and act as a sort of “lid” for all the small things in the tray. The Box outside is made of Euro. Cherry, the Tray is Euro Maple. The tray and insides of the box are lined with a 3mm green felt. This cushions all the expensive stuff in the tray as well as the tray itself. Under the tray is felt as well to prevent scratches on other surfaces.
The Tray sits ontop of maple strips of wood and seals off the paper section on the very bottom, to keep the expensive and more valuable paper safe and sound.
The groove around the lid is to make room for the hinges so they do not stand out too much and scratch something, and the lid is held down by square 5mm x 5mm neodym magnets. The lid is held in place by a canvas strap to keep it from flopping over.
As to the finish I used Lack (varnish) 2 Component Polyurethane varnish, the first coat is with white pigment that adsorbs UV and at the same time making the wood look like its been freshly sanded, by this I mean lighter. The UV is also blocked and keeps it from getting too dark (cherry) or too yellow (maple) from sunlight exposure. The varnish is still clear—does not distort the grain, just looks natural. The Second coat is just normal 2 comp. varnish satin.
Hope you all like it!
-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine