|Project by RogerBean||posted 10-07-2011 02:05 PM||4411 views||11 times favorited||23 comments|
This box is a bit of a departure from the complex shaped boxes I’ve posted recently. My wife wanted a box to hold the clutter of miscellaneous papers that tend to accumulate next to her laptop in our living room.
This 9” x 13” x 2 1/2” box is relatively straightforward, and she specifically wanted it made of pippy yew. I really love yew, but it’s a brittle and difficult veneer to work. Quality figured yew veneer is also pretty scarce here in the U.S., so I consider myself fortunate to have found about 45 small 5×8 sheets that were appropriate. Enough for a couple more boxes.
The lid is a four-way book-match on both the inside and outside. The sides are a two-way match. These sheets needed to be flattened anyway, so I liberally applied softener to soften and flatten the veneer prior to matching. The substrate is Baltic ply. The edging is boxwood, bordered with a black/black/pear/black line inlay.
Because of the size of the lid I chose to hinge it with a pair of Andrew Crawford’s gorgeous SmartHinges. They install beautifully and look superb. I used this box for my LJ review of these hinges. See lumberjocks.com/reviews/2321 They are a delight to install and have become my favorites.
By the way, Andrew has recently posted an excellent video about installing these hinges at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEhM9nuUPm8
For most boxes these days, a lock is superfluous, but, as “box jewelry” I always prefer to include one. Originally, locks were there to protect the contents (tea, spices, liquor, etc.) from the servants, not from burglars. This half mortise lock and small brass escutcheon are from WhiteChapel.com. I polished the lock and screws to match the hinges. The lid has a banding of figured Asian satinwood bordered with a black/white/black line. The line continues around the lid/base edges as well. The lid veneer is laid out to place the more open portion in the center to frame the satinwood fan inlay.
On the underside of the lid the same banding frames a veneer layout that places the figured portion in the center. I also used this box to review Andrew Crawford’s corner inlay chisel jig. See lumberjocks.com/reviews/2270 In that review I demonstrated the method used to do these inlays.
The interior is green pig suede. Because it will hold papers, there is no need for trays or dividers. The ribbon lift allows the papers to be easily lifted for access.
I generally avoid bases and feet, but this box seemed to need a stronger stance at the bottom, so I added a low base of cherry to supplement the low, flat shape. The underside is veneered with quarter cut cherry. The finish is French polish.
Anyway, I’m still clunkin’ along, trying to make the best box I can. Thanks for looking in.
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)