|Project by Tootles||posted 08-08-2011 03:29 PM||1755 views||7 times favorited||15 comments|
That’s because you have.
I was recently required to do a course related to workshop skills and safety where I needed to do a woodwork project that would challenge me. So I went a-Googling for images and found this box made by Mike (stefang). Well one look and I loved it – I decided that I wanted to make one very similar.
As I progressed, started to enjoy myself in the making of the box and started looking at the blogs that Mike has posted on Lumberjocks, I realised that I owe him a huge statement of gratitude. In fact, that became one of the key reasons why I subsequently joined LJs. So …
Mike, I hope you do not mind that I have replicated your box as I have. Please accept my efforts as a compliment to your fine work. And thank you for posting your project and your blogs; for the information and the inspiration that they provided. (Actually, I could happily make that last statement to many others out there, but for now, this is for Mike).
Okay, now about the box. It is made from bits of an old dining table, which, I was told, is Australian (probably Tasmanian?) Oak. I don’t know what the light and dark wood in the inlay is – just some bits that I found in the wood store. Size is 250×180 x 115 mm (approx. 10×7 1/2×4 1/2 “).
I did want to do either box or dovetail joints but the workshop did not have a suitable router jig (one of my challenges was to use a router since I did not have much previous experience with one). Instead I used double rebate (rabbet) joints everywhere except the top, which has a single rebate all round. It has a wooden hinge which I did entirely differently to any way that anybody on LJs has suggested – and I wouldn’t do it the same way again. I made the rebate for the inlay using a forstner bit in the drill press, and the inlay pieces on the band saw and disc sander. The finish is sanding sealer and wax polish.
-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking