|Project by SPalm||posted 01-06-2012 03:38 PM||4333 views||15 times favorited||45 comments|
I like this design. I have been prototyping this for a while and the work seems to have paid off. I took a trip to the wood store and tried to find something that had a shell type look in its grain and color. Nature came through. I also acquired a Beall buffing system for this project – it is awesome. My photos do not do the finish justice; shellac, Tung oil, and wax. It is about 6 inches by 9 inches.
These are two versions of a classic seashell box. It is an original design, but a lot of the features have appeared in other woodworker’s versions. The first box is out of African Rosewood. The scallops on the top were cut with a 1 inch diameter core box bit. These have a linear slant to them starting near the hinge and slowly dropping down to a .3 inch depth. Because the flutes overlap, the scallop edges have a nice scoop to them along their length.
The second box shown was my first attempt. I have reduced the size of the hinge assembly since then. The box top is made with Siberian Birdseye Elm. This top was routed with a 1/2 inch diameter core box. Again both the straight and the arc lines go deeper as the radiate out from the center. The box bottom is cherry.
This was fun. For a homemade CNC, it is really turning out to be extremely dependable.
Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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