|Project by Boxguy||posted 05-10-2012 07:38 AM||1815 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
Pictured here are four shots of one of my most unusual boxes. It started simply enough. I wondered if I could insert vertical splines in each corner, and then add legs between the sides. I could.
Then I decided to let the splines remain below the body instead of sanding them down level with the side of the leg. Neat look.
The dado for the bottom needed to be cut in the legs then the bottom board was nipped off at 45 degrees in each corner, another problem solved.
Now how to make a top for this? I cut a square block of scrap and sat it on top. That didn’t look right…too heavy. I sloped the sides. A pyramidal top wasn’t right…too stodgy. The base sat in the living room by the TV, and night after night I looked at the box…night after night the box looked back at me. In shear desperation I put my 10 inch dinner plate on top of it one evening and to my great surprise it looked just about right.
Off to the lathe then. Turn one side…leave an indent for the chuck…turn the other side. I just didn’t like the indent when you opened the lid. OK then time for a Movingui moon to appear. I liked it…it was a surprise when you raised the lid…one more solution.
I wanted to keep the woods contrasting, but simple in grain on the sides and legs. The legs and lid are Black Walnut and the splines and sides are African Mahogany. The lid is one solid piece and speaks for itself, but I wanted the form to be the focus of this box. When I looked at the finished product, I was reminded of a shot of Jobba the Hutt’s house in an old Star Wars movie; hence, the title for this box.
This project required lots of problem solving, but it was the box that got me accepted by my first art gallery, and I will always be grateful to this box for that breakthrough. Today it holds tea in a friend’s home and is admired daily…lucky little box.
-- Big Al in IN