|Project by Sawdust4Blood||posted 04-28-2012 07:08 PM||1498 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
Jewelry box that I just completed this morning for my niece’s birthday early next month. It’s from an old Wood Magazine plan slightly modified.
The construction is 100% sapele with a BLO, shellac, lacquer finish. The biggest change I made to the original plan was on the back. I’m a big believer that if you’re going to make small boxes that will sit on dressers, cabinets, or tables that you need to build them so the appearance is okay even if viewed from the back. The original plan called for a 1/4 inch birch plywood back and left the through dadoes for the interior shelves open at the back. That look at the back just wasn’t going to work for me. I needed to either cut stop dadoes for the shelves or plug the dadoes on the back with something. Since the back panel was kind of plain, I decided that applying the ribs across the back added some character and creates the illusion that maybe the shelves go all the way through the back with the back panel being done in sections. The back panel is actually a single piece of 1/4 inch thick sapele floating to allow for wood movement (sapele moves significantly with humidity changes). Most of the box is made of 1/2 inch stock that I re-sawed from 4/4 lumber. That left me with a lot of off-cuts that I was able to plane down to 1/4 inch thick stock. Since I had the 1/4 inch sapele left over anyhow, I opted to use it in lieu of the plywood even though I knew that it would make me take care to accommodate the wood movement.
The wood was easy to work though the interlocking grain that creates the ribbon appearance is prone to chip out on the router or dado blades so it’s important to have a sacrificial backing to support it during milling. It finishes nicely and easily and I love the character of the grain.
-- Greg, Severn MD