|Project by Andy||posted 06-03-2012 03:30 PM||4076 views||3 times favorited||27 comments|
This box was commissioned by BLM as a goodbye gift for an employee.
It was a rush job and I got it done within an hour of the presentation. Whew!
The box was designed around the size of the medallion which was a predermined size in order to fit the name and other pertinent info along with a slice of train track.
I made the medallion from a slice of figured big leaf western maple and it was sent to a laser engraver for the artwork. It was returned to me a few days later and I then routed the recess in the lid for it to fit into.
The box is 3/4 claro walnut with maple splines and I taper cut all four side on the bandsaw to lighten the weight both physically and visually.
The lid is matching walnut and pivots on brass pins. The track was attached by drilling and inserting pins in the back and attached it through holes in the madallion with epoxy.
Because of time constraints and the budget I was given I opted to set the lid into the box on the square, meaning I didnt route my typical 3/8 lip and the corner pockets, which is a much nicer look but also much more exacting work.
The handle is a piece of two color ziricote which nestles into a mating seat. The front of the box is shaped inward creating a cove in order to lift the handle.
The interior has no dividers, the bottom is lined with black velvet.
The shaping is very subtle on this box, just enough to soften the look and feel.
The finish is Minwax Wipe on Poly, 2 coats. One of my favorites.
Train track Here is the story copied from here. http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/roseburg/overview.php
The checkerboard pattern of private and public lands throughout western Oregon resulted from events stemming from the Oregon & California (O&C) Railroad Land Grant shortly after the Civil War.
In 1869, Congress granted to the Oregon and California Railroad 20 sections for every mile of track it built. Congress made special provisions that no more than 160 acres would be sold to actual settlers for no more than $2.50 per acre. Some 3.7 million acres of western Oregon were patented to the company until it went bankrupt in the 1880’s. The Southern Pacific Railroad resumed construction and in 1887 completed the line.
Southern Pacific violated the conditions over the next several decades, resulting in legislative action in 1916 to reclaim 2.4 million acres of unsold O&C grant lands to the General Land Office of the Department of the Interior.
BLM began to manage these forested lands in 1946 when it was formed by a merger of the General Land Office and the Grazing Service. The Roseburg BLM manages approximately 420,000 acres of O&C lands and revested lands from the Coos Bay Wagon Road grant under similar conditions.
A section of the original narrow gauge track was washed into Cow Creek in the late 1800’s and was uncovered by gold miners decades later. This location is south of Roseburg.
At some point years ago, it became a common practice upon retirement, to incorporate a section of this rail in a gift recognizing a persons service with the Roseburg BLM District. It’s a reminder of how the Roseburg office came into existence.
You can read more here if you are so inclined.
Thanks for looking,
Sorry about the photos, they were quick snaps with my Iphone just before it was delivered.
-- If I can do it, so can you.