|Project by WoodGuyNC||posted 10-01-2011 01:45 AM||4304 views||13 times favorited||43 comments|
About a month ago I was inspired to make this box. It took a total of 30 days from start to finish to make it. I believe this is the hardest project to date to make. Every piece had to be custom made, all the angle cuts drove me crazy to say the least. I used a 1/2” hand wood chisel to do all the carving with.
It is 35” long by 27” wide by 8.5” tall. The body itself is 12”Lx7”Hx4”W. The tray that I made to fit inside of the upper body cavity, it designed like a Ferris wheel, staying level at any angle. When the lid is shut, it is level with the upper body, not effecting the contents in the tray below. There are four parts for each leg and arms and the total length of them being close to 17’ long. When turning the pieces, I turned the dowel into the piece, making for a tighter joint and a much easier to join them together. The spider body is actually off the ground, with 6 of the legs supporting it.
The body is made from a solid piece of Honduras Mahogany. The legs are made from Ribbon Mahogany and the rotating tray from Spalding Curly Maple. I used the vinegar and steel wool to ebonize the whole spider. I had to put the lacquer clear coat on before assembling it, because being so large, there would had been too many dry over spray on it to look right.
There won’t be another one made or at least not by me. I took many pictures of it that just couldn’t be posted here. After I had finished it, I had it sitting on the coffee table in the living room. When I was going to bed that night, I had forgotten that it was sitting there and I almost jumped out of my skin seeing it sit there, hahahaha. I had actually had a few nightmares in making this spider. I really hate spiders.
This is a very hard item to take pictures of, to do it any justice. I only had to remake one piece where I had drilled all the way through, making the dowel hole. I’m thankful that it was a easy remake of it.
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