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This box is the result of some successful experimenting with my new Ridgid Oscillating Spindle Sander. I have really wanted to incorporate more curves into my work for a more natural feel, and the Ridgid is such a cool machine for doing that. I love how you can use it to slowly “nibble” away at a line until the curves are perfectly smooth.
I started by laminating two pieces of 3/4” curly maple together. Then I used a forstner bit, scroll saw, and Ridgid O.S.S to cut out and shape the inside (I didn’t want the entry cut of a bandsawn box).
Then I cut the bottom off, added the thin walnut “floor” and glued the bottom back on. Next I rough cut the outside shape with the bandsaw and finished shaping the curves on the Ridgid O.S.S.
The edges of the walnut “floor” show up as a thin line around the outside of the box near the bottom.
To make the lid I used Zebra wood and oriented the grain of the two halves to resemble leaf veins. I cut the curve on the bandsaw and refined it on the Ridgid O.S.S. until they fit together perfectly. Then I glued them together with epoxy (which adheres well to endgrain and fills the small gaps) with a thin strip of maple cold-bent between them.
I shaped another piece of maple for the underside “insert” to keep the lid snugly in place. This maple lid insert (seen in the last photo) also strengthens the lid since it is under stress from the maple strip.
I rough cut the lid to shape on the bandsaw. Then, with the lid on the box and the box upside-down, I smoothed the edges of the lid on the Ridgid O.S.S. until it was a perfect match to the box sides.
It is about 8” long, 3” across and 2” tall. Oiled with boiled linseed oil. It is very light and has a delicate feel.
This box was so much fun to make. It represents the first time for a long time that I did something in the shop just for fun, and just for me (the kitchen cabinets are finally done!)
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