|Project by Danpaddles||posted 02-21-2012 01:44 AM||1687 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
The first box is maple over maple. The lid came from a cast off, someone could not get the board flattened out, and gave up when they got down to about 5/8 thickness. Kept after it, found the straight piece inside! Waterlox over Watco, then waxed. Pretty lid, ain’t it? Is the brass knob appropriate?
The 2nd and 3rd images are a maple bottom, with some wild heavy pretty very hard stuff I’ve had in my woodpile forever. Probably came from some South American rainforest, by hey, I didn’t buy it, it was a cut off from a school. The stripe on the sides of the top piece- well, let’s just call that creative ….. I started to rabbet the whole top, then realized the top would sit too low! Bad words were said, then I thought of laying a strip of Baltic birch in the space.
The ends are cut that way because this is a pencil box- that is what I call them. No knob or handle, you open the lid by pushing on the side of the box. Lots of Watco, no Waterlox on this one.
The first and second boxes are mitered, with contrasting splines.
The third box, (last three picts) I was experimenting a little. It is white oak, with a red oak lid (gotta use the scraps too). I dyed the wood, an “antique cherry red” I’ve had sitting around for years and never used. It was more red than I had hoped, but it hides the fact that I used two different types of oak. It was easy to apply, fool proof almost, but next time I’m wearing latex gloves. White oak is not my favorite wood, unless it is stained or dyed somehow, then I love it. But I have a bunch of it right now.
I was going for a flush lid look, that part I am happy with. The last shot, you can see where I got wobbly on the top lip piece that is glued to the lid. Whoops. I could have planed it smoother, but like I said, this was an experiment. I tried to glue felt into the bottom. (Related posts somewhere here on LJ). The felt ended up short, I thought I could smooth it out. I couldn’t. So I ended up trying to glue very small strips on the short ends to finish covering the bottom. Ouch. There is a pretty good bump there. Oh well, like I said….. experiment. Rabbeted corners with a little glue, some baltic birch for a bottom, as is my usual M.O.. Watco, Waterlox, and Wax again.
These are all in the size range of 6×9 x 1.75. I may try to put the first two on Etsy, the “experiment” I dunno about, I’ll find it a home.
Blast away- your frank assessment of my design and execution will help me to improve. Is the quality of my photo good enough to sell those boxes?
thanks for looking.
-- Dan V. in Indy