|Project by Joe Brumley||posted 03-02-2008 05:28 AM||1725 views||8 times favorited||15 comments|
Here are four boxes that I made as gifts for Christmas 2007. They are the Gary Rogowski boxes from Fine Woodworking issue #139. I cut the joinery for the two cherry boxes with my Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw and I cut the joinery for the two ash boxes on the tablesaw and band saw. Both methods worked equally well and both were pretty quick. The only time saver using the power tools was that I did not have to clean up any saw marks with my chisel. The cherry boxes are 4.5” x 10.5” and the ash boxes are 4” x 10”. The finish is shellac. It was my first time using shellac and you can tell from the finish. I was a little pressed for time so I was not able to remove the poorly applied finish and redo it. I was not aware that it is not a good idea to brush on a 3 pound cut until after I had done so. I did try to hit it with some 400 grit sandpaper but that only partially helped.
The handles on the ash boxes are made from walnut, and on the cherry boxes are brazillian cherry handles but you can’t tell the difference with that small of an amount of wood. The interior bottoms are lined with two sheets of rice paper that my wife found at an art supply store. The bottom sheet is plain brown rice paper and the top sheet is more transparent rice paper with the silver design printed on it. I was going to use leather but when my wife showed up with the patterned piece I decided on that instead. I will most likely use leather on the next set that I make.
I had a great time making these boxes and I will definitely make them again. The next time though, I will give myself more than two days to get the finish on before giving them away. Hope you all enjoy.
-- Joe, Indiana, http://www.crookedshack.com