|Project by Douglas Bordner||posted 03-29-2012 05:17 AM||2354 views||5 times favorited||27 comments|
This is one box which I made in a run of two. Both were to have captured shelf pins as hinges, but when this one was 90% done I had a stress fracture at the pin placement, so a design modification was in order. I shortened it up and used a Veritas stopped piano hinge instead.
Doug Stowe is one of my favorite authors and box makers, and the foot idea was a direct lift from a recent Fine Woodworking article, as was the lap-jointed dividers. Having different heights in the divider set up fools the eye somewhat, making the dividers look more like mortise and tenon work than lap joins. The side handles were also a lift, this from Gary Rogowski’s sushi box (also featured in FWW). The top walnut trim piece is repeated from an earlier box, and although on that specific box I was attempting to cover a through drilled screw hole (whoops!), this was intentional. I wanted more shaped walnut with radiused ends to mimic the foot details and handles.
Dimensions are 8.5˝x 7˝ x 3 7/8˝. Finished with shellac (sprayed with that itty-bitty Harbor Freight gun I reviewed), rubbed out to P500 grit with Abralon pads and waxed with Renaissance Wax. I had originally intended to give it as a gift to a old and dear friend from my home town, but I chanced to strike up a conversation with one of my sign shop customers who is on the organizing committee for an upcoming Salvation Army benefit auction, so this one will be a donation.
My friend and fellow Lumberjock, Todd Clippinger has spoken to me about donating as a way to do good for your local community as well as getting your work in the public eye. Win-win. Lot of folks needing a hand these days, and although I’m not swimming in dough, I am able to do this.
Besides, the wood (the mahogany species wood was free cabinet shop cut offs from LJ Dennis Zonkger, and the Bigleaf Maple and Walnut came from LJ Schroeder, and was acquired for the price of shipping only) came to me as gifts, so let the good karma flow on to the next fellow.
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.