|Project by woodpezzer||posted 05-19-2012 11:44 PM||3708 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
This is my first attempt at building a bentwood box. It is made from Bird’s Eye Maple and Cocobolo. The plan calls for square toothpicks to be used along the base but I forgot to order them so I constructed them myself using cocobolo. Master craftsman Jim Anderson designed this Nordic-style Fjord Horse tine box – it is featured, along with his detailed plans, in American Woodworker magazine #139, Dec/Jan 2009.
I discovered very quickly I need three hands to bend the wood around my form. Luckily my husband was watching my progress with interest and stepped in to help! Shaping the fingers after bending the Bird’s Eye Maple proved troublesome and they ended up much shorter, and closer to center, than intended. After finishing the box, I contacted the designer. He very graciously replied and suggested shaping the fingers before boiling. At the time, I was using a worn out Delta Scroll Saw and now I have a fantastic, less bulky, Excalibur EX 21 so perhaps cutting the fingers after bending won’t be a problem. For the next tine box I will try it both ways and see which way works the best.
The second tine box is about 1/3 smaller and actually the first box I made using the design although it is not bentwood. I was anxious to get going so while waiting for the water/heat resistant gloves, tray and other supplies to arrive, I used several layers of Cherry veneer to form the carcass—No steam required! The lid is solid cherry, horses, handle and locking pin are Padauk.
Anyway.. it was a fun, challenging project. Thanks for looking!