|Project by hingeman||posted 07-30-2011 06:11 PM||3346 views||38 times favorited||31 comments|
This is a large case, 20” x 14” x 14” intended for cufflinks. The main body of the box is made from oak and birch ply – it is veneered with spectacular American sweet gum burr featuring a four way bookmatch using the midway point of the front edge of the lid as the centre.French polished.
The lid and front are decorated with a wide figured maple line. The second image shows the way the line on the lid meets the simpler black and white lines at the sides and back and the boxwood that protects all the edges.
This case has five spring loaded drawers in oak. These are opened by lifting small turned ebony finials situated along the back edge of the interior.. I have done many other cufflink boxes, but none the size of this or for as many pairs. Each of the five drawers is divided into 48 compartments thus catering for … 240 pairs in all. And then there’s plenty more space in the main box compartment above …
This was a difficult veneer to work with, but the gorgeous colour [similar to burr oak] and figure made it well worth the effort. You can see the wonderful shape created by bookmatching the spalted figuring just around the figured maple escutcheon. The bookmatch here, and on the lid, is a ‘perfect’ bookmatch. That means that they were each formed from two consecutive leaves from the same bundle, knife cut so no material has been removed between, and opened up. You can only do this with a pair of leaves, there is no such thing as a perfect four way book match as the figure will always have shifted.
-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK http://www.box-making.com