|Project by BritBoxmaker||posted 06-11-2012 05:24 PM||3537 views||10 times favorited||43 comments|
For a while now I’ve had a guilty secret. I’m known for fancy work and crazy patterns but I’ve wanted to make just a plain , ordinary box for ages. Well what you see here is a Lacewood (Quarter Sawn London Plane) box, measuring 220mm x 136mm x 84 mm. In the second picture you can see it with lid opened. OK its got an integral clam-shell hinge but its still a plain mitred box. Oh, as pic 3 reveals what looked like an ordinary lipped bottom is in fact a full size drop in tray which, when lifted out reveals a secret compartment, for letters (A4 size, folded) and such. That is, of course, the real secret of the box. My guilt is in leading you on a bit.
The back is in fact a full height clam shell hinge (pic 4), 9mm thick, made from four 4.5mm thick pieces. The sides, top and front are only 4.5mm thick. The mitres are re-enforced at the rear by stepping of the hinge panel and at the front, as shown in pic 6 by splines (2mm x 3.5mm), top and bottom. The tray is 4.5mm thick as well, with a 2mm rebated bottom, as is the box bottom. The ‘secret compartment is 210mm x 118mm x 10mm. Ample for small valuables.
Glue is PVA and finish, sanding sealer and wax.
-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com