|Project by rlrjr||posted 10-22-2011 03:13 AM||1063 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Still trying new designs that I come across. The four strips of lamination in the top are bloodwood. The guy I buy lumber from told me last week that they had put a moratorium on harvesting bloodwood but I stopped by his shop today and he had plenty so I don’t know what the story is.
The box and lid are maple. The front and back edges of the lid are sapele as are the top and bottom edges and the dovetail corners. I really didn’t like the way the top edges of the box turned out because the piece that is used for the dovetail has a small piece of sapele on top and although they fit together without any gaps it took a lot of sanding to make everything level. Even after finishing with tung oil you can still see the short piece of sapele. I’m going to have to put some time in on figuring out how to make this box with just four strips of sapele around the top and eliminate the four very short pieces of sapele.
Doing the second round of routing for the dovetails after the sapele had been glued in was pretty frustrating because the router kept breaking pieces of the sapele off and I would have to stop and look around on the floor to find the broken piece so I could glue it back into place later. I think the trick of this step is to use plenty of glue to start with and allow the piece to dry for at least 24 hours. That being said the dovetail fit together so tightly there was little glue left on the piece after squeezing it into place. I tried using bloodwood before I went to the sapele but the bloodwood breaks like a piece of plastic regardless of how slow or carefully you feed it through the router bit. I cut the edges off in multiple passes through the bit (1/32”) at a time but the force of the bit still broke the bloodwood.
I did the hinges in sapele and the bullnose router bit is the way to go. It was very tricky gluing the hinge to the top edge of the box and after several tries, all of which failed in one way or another, I used brass screws. Without having to make a trip to town I used screws that I had on hand and they were a bit too large and really took away from the aesthetic look of the box which hand-make wood hinges are supposed to add.
Not really happy with this design and probably won’t make many more.
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