|Project by SPalm||posted 10-16-2011 08:28 PM||4305 views||9 times favorited||30 comments|
This is a cherry salt box that I just finished. A salt box is used in the kitchen when a ‘pinch’ of salt is called for. It can also be used for the storage of other types of salt and spices. It seems like it could just be used as a small general purpose box too. A magnet keeps the top shut. Last week we went to a local sawyer and picked up the two inch thick cherry. Very nice wood at a reasonable price ($4bdft). The size of the box is about 3.5×4 inches, with a tung oil finish.
I made it using my homemade CNC, which has not had much use recently. The box is an original design. I first routed out a few different shapes on scrap wood, and learned a lot about cutting a box that is this deep. Two of them shattered when I at first pushed it too hard. I am especially proud of the carved design in the top, the thin walls, and the way the sloped carving on the sides came out.
Attached is a picture of it just off of the machine. You can see the web at the bottom that holds the work piece in place during all the separate operations – Pocket Route, Inside Profile, Outside Profile, Curved Flute, and Drill. The main routing was done with a two inch long 1/2 inch router bit. I then changed to a 1/4 inch bit for the small holes. The separate top carving was done with a V-bit, and then a 1/4 inch bit did the drill and cut out the profile.
There is now a blog about some of the machining operations:
Thanks for looking,
-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon