|Project by Boxguy||posted 05-19-2012 02:17 PM||2340 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
Pictured is an oak tea chest with a veneered Russian Walnut top.
Story: I just finished this box yesterday, and this top is really beautiful wood. A friend works for a local veneer plant that specializes in exotic woods. This top is a “scrap” from one of their projects. The top is a Russian Walnut burl that has been quarter matched so the four corners of consecutive slices meet in the center of the top. This technique gives the spectacular kaleidoscopic pattern you see here. At 15 inches long, 8 inches wide and 5 inches high this box will hold a ton of teabags, but I just couldn’t bear to cut the top any smaller.
Materials: The top is Russian Walnut burl quarter-matched veneer mounted on a Masonite core with a Black Walnut veneer on the inside panel. The sides are quarter sawn White Oak. The corner splines are Black Walnut. The internal dividers are made from a recycled Venetian blind, half-lapped and glued at the joints to make it into a lift-out unit for easy cleaning.
Techniques: I hand sand a slight chamfer where the lid meets the bottom. I have a blog entries that show the jig I use to cut the spline slots and the jig for making the splines themselves. Both are basic, easy builds. This year I have been using a three part finger indent you see pictured on the fifth shot above. It is done on a Jet spindle sander by first sanding away the middle part then the side indents. I put the sander’s top at a steep angle to do the indents.
Thanks: As always, thanks for looking and a really special thanks to all of you who are kind enough to add comments or suggestions. Keep boxing, and keep posting, Lumber Jocks.
-- Big Al in IN