|Project by Boxguy||posted 781 days ago||2407 views||16 times favorited||29 comments|
Pictured: A jewelry box with a lift-out tray. The box measures 16” L x 9” W x 7” H, with American Walnut sides, splines, and top piece; and Black Cherry for legs, lid, and tray.
The Tale: I am sure many of you in Lumber Land have had the same dilemma. I just felt a restless need to do something a little different in the shop last week. I still wanted to craft a box, but it needed to be different kind of box.
I make a lot of boxes and am constantly trying out new designs and techniques. This box looked like it wanted to grow legs, so next thing you know that is just what happened. I am still working on the general look and design. Before I build the next in this series, so your suggestions are welcome. I tried several different shapes for the top piece and decided I liked the one that had the same curve as the legs it didn’t look right until I put a 1/4 inch reveal under it. Without the top piece it looked a little too much like a foot stool. Without the reveal the top piece looked just stuck on.
Techniques: If you look closely at the above picture you will notice that each of the shaped and tapered legs are made of one, single piece. They are fastened to the oblong walnut under-box with large splines.
Shaping Legs: I started with a cherry 4×4, and cut a 3/4 inch “L” from two sides. (The 3 3/4 inch square remaining piece became legs for the next box and so on.) Then the legs were then tapered from 3/4 at the bottom to about 1/4 at the top. (They looked too thick otherwise.) The outside leg edges were then sanded to a curved shape, routed and sanded.
Attaching The Legs: The walnut under-box was splined together in the usual manner and then finish sanded since it would be difficult to do that with the legs on. I glued one side of each leg to the under-box and used a strap clamp to hold them in place until the glue dried. Then I cut the progressively shallower corner slots into the legs. The very large bottom spline aligns with the inset bottom of the under-box so the spline can be large, tie all parts of the box together, but not intrude into the box interior. The others just go through the corners of the under-box.
Thanks: As always I appreciate your taking time to look, and I really appreciate those who take time to comment and make suggestions. I will especially welcome any recommendations you have about the general style and shape. Woo-hoo to all of you who made this project a “Top Three.” What an honor. I am grateful to you.
-- Big Al in IN