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Pictured is a box specifically designed to hold 8 decks of cards.
Story: My wife’s family has always enjoyed playing cards as a past time. No money is involved, but it is competitive…who wants to lose to their mother-in-law? Recently, we have been playing Hand and Foot a game that involves multiple decks. Of course I am always looking for an excuse to build a new type of box or a new style of box. So, it seemed perfectly normal that a Boxguy would design and build two or three boxes for this purpose. One to use and a couple more to sell. I thought people who invited several couples over for bridge or euchre might want to buy a box like this.
Process: Next came this neat, but small, piece of Hard Maple Burl I got when a neighbor in town had to cut down a tree in their front yard. I squared it up a little and book-matched a couple of slices. It has this strange grain that reminds me of a coral reef. For corner splines I used a piece of Indian Rosewood that I salvaged from an old piece of furniture. It has a wonderful purplish cast to it.
Techniques: This year I am using a different pattern for my finger lifts. You can see it in the last two pictures. I use a Jet spindle sander and angle the box pretty steeply on this machine. Then I sand away the center section, increase the angle and sand away a notch on each side of the first notch. I like the look and often get some great grain pattern as I did here as the notch digs through deeper layers of the American Walnut sides.
Thanks: As always, thanks for looking and a special thanks to those who take the extra time to add comments and suggestions. Your responses have been fun to read.
-- Big Al in IN