|Project by Boxguy||posted 05-01-2012 01:02 AM||1914 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I was experimenting with different ways of making boxes and decided to work with the dado-in-sides style here. Rather than cover up the dado or cut a stopped dado I thought I’d celebrate it as a design element and filled the unused top of the dado with a cherry insert. I wanted to have a useful and deep box, but be able to access all three levels without making drawers.
The third picture shows the three levels looking down, inside the box. The trays lift out and are supported by a “rail” running the length of the box. The keyhole doesn’t function; it is just a design element. When I took the pictures I hadn’t found the right screws yet, and the keyhole was just taped on (oops). This box is about 14×10x8. The ends and trays are made of Black Walnut. The front, back, and top are made from a 200-year-old Persimmon tree. Black lines and spots like these appear in really old persimmon trees.
Critique: The curved bottom and thicker sides help pull the design together. It wouldn’t look right with thinner ends. The pin hinge works especially well in this format since the ends are so thick and the pin is so stable. To ease assembly, the bottom board is fitted into a dado in the front and back boards, but just butts up to the two end boards. The keyhole helps add interest to the otherwise plain look of the front. Persimmon is very dense, but finishes well. I tried to pick a persimmon section with as much interest in the grain as possible for the front. The cloth linings help add a splash of color. (Hint: space rails up 1/8 inch from the bottom board so the cloth liner slides under the rails and is much easier to fit.) Since the trays are square, they can be put back in either direction.
As always thanks for looking, and an even greater thanks for any comments and suggestions.
-- Big Al in IN