|Project by Reddial||posted 07-16-2012 02:13 AM||2929 views||11 times favorited||25 comments|
About a year ago, I became facinated by Steve Latta’s replica of the 18th century Spice Box with Line and Berry inlay. But it really just wasn’t my style. So I made quite a few modifications but kept my main focus of integrating some line and berry inlay.
The line and berry tools that Steve Latta uses in his video are, as he says, relatively easy to make yourself. However I took the easy road and baought the entire set from Lie-Nielson who now is making Steve’s line and berry tools. The tools I got costs about $400.
This spice box is made of all solid woods, no ply or mdf. The outside is all mesquite except for the quilted cherry door panels and ebony pins. All the interior is soft maple with quilted maple drawer fronts with ebony pulls. The center drawer front is quilted cherry. The overall demensions are 22H X 17W X 11D.
The ‘V joinery’ for the interior box liner was a little tricky, but was worth the time to provide smooth transition for the half rounded edges of the drawer separators.
The cherry was used on the doors and center drawer front to accommdate the inlay. There is absolutley no way that I could plow the grooves for the inlay into mesuite!
The drawer fronts are hand cut dovetails. The ebony pulls are secured with 1/8” dowell.
The back of the cabinet is ship-lapped mesquite.
The drawer bottoms are lined with very soft leather.
I finished it with 3 coats of clear satin poly, 320 between coats.
1. Not at the level I want to be with the stringing, line and berry but was happy as my first attempt
2. Poly on the outside of the drawer sides made them a little sticky when pulling open. Had to remove most.
3. There is no substitute for the quality of Brusso hinges. Expensive but worth it. Tried several other before returning and going back to the Brusso.
-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.