|Project by Boxguy||posted 04-24-2012 09:54 AM||2536 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
Story: I had this great piece of Paduk sapwood and the longer I looked at it, the more it looked like a beach scene. Walking out to the shop late one sleepless night there was a full moon. Then it came to me that I could make a moon on the top of the box that would serve as a handle and a stop.
Wood: I sized this sliding lid box to fit my Paduk scrap. So it wound up being about 15×6x7. The top is Paduk and Movingui. The sides are American Walnut with Movingui splines. Since they get a lot of touching, I finish my boxes with several coats of wipe on poly topped with a coating of Johnson’s Paste Wax.
Techniques: I turned and polished the “moon” as a sort of mushroom shape letting the “stem” stay on the back and extend through a hole drilled into the top of the box beneath the top’s thickness. I glued it on as the final step after the box was assembled and had a finish. The stem acts as a stop to keep the lid from sliding off when opened because it hits the side of the box on the inside. The moon acts as a handle to open the box saving wear on the more fragile end. 45ing the end means that as you close the sliding lid it fits tight and leaves no crack because the needed slack for sliding is centered.
Critique: The three dimensional look of the top is functional and decorative. The grain and color of the movingui makes a great moon. The box is a little longer than good proportions would dictate, but I didn’t want to cut the top board. I like the way the rounded walnut sides frame the top.
As always, thanks for looking and a special thanks for commenting.
-- Big Al in IN