|Project by YorkshireStewart||posted 04-23-2012 04:32 PM||6623 views||38 times favorited||43 comments|
A little board of quarter-sawn oak that had been kicking around my shop for some time just had to be shown off, and much of the lid came from a bag of firewood I was given.
A book I have on Arts and Crafts furniture shows a thumbnail picture of a Greene and Greene chest that I roughly based the design of this on. It was only when I’d got the basic box put together that I decided to spend an Amazon voucher (Christmas present) on Darrel Peart’s Greene and Greene book that might have been useful from the off!
It measures about 11.5” x 7.5” x 6”.
The box certainly isn’t pure Greene and Greene, but is heavily influenced by the brothers’ work. I’m not sure that they ever used wooden hinges for instance!
Instead of the ebony that Charles and Henry Greene would have used for the black features, I used bog oak for the escutcheon; and for the studs, oak that I blackened with a mix of vinegar and steel wool (faux bog oak?).
I finished the box with paste wax over boiled linseed oil toned down with some dark oak spirit based dye that nicely accentuated the medullary rays. The interior of the box base and the tray are lined with brown leather (cut from an old jacket I couldn’t bring myself to throw out!
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