|Project by Lenny||posted 07-18-2012 02:15 PM||6085 views||25 times favorited||27 comments|
This is a trio of Bow Boxes made for the three ladies in my life, my wife and two daughters. After recently completing a commissioned blanket chest, I felt the need to make something just for the fun of making it. While thinking about this, the Aug./Sep. 2012 issue of American Woodworker arrived and on the front cover was a photo of this bow box. After reading the article, written by Ken Marble, I was convinced that I wanted to try my hand at it. After cutting the pieces for one, I decided to make two more with the above-stated purpose in mind. Part of the process in making the striped ribbon is gluing up three layers of wood to reach ¾”. For the second box I thought: “Why not just use solid ¾” stock and save the trouble?” After all, some ribbon is one solid color. While I like the look of the mahogany ribbon/bow, I have to say that the striped versions really pop! I am delighted with the results of these boxes although, made to the dimensions provided, they are quite small, particularly in terms of the depth of the box. I am not sure what one would store in the boxes but I am sure the ladies will come up with something. The box, including the lid, but not the ribbon and bow, measures out at 8-1/2” long by 5-1/2” wide by 2” tall. If I make more of these I think I will experiment with increasing the dimensions.
The basic box as made by the author is made of a top and bottom from ½” Baltic birch to which two sides and a front and back of ¼” solid birch are glued. This gives you a solid enclosed box that needs to be cut into a box and lid. The author recommended making these cuts on the table saw and offered instructions on how to do so. The process did not go so well for me on the first box so I used my band saw on the other two boxes and had far better results. Mr. Marble’s ribbons and bow are made from aromatic cedar and birch. My boxes are from Baltic birch plywood and solid maple since I had no birch. I used aromatic cedar and maple for the ribbons/bow on the first box, mahogany on the second and bloodwood and maple on the third. By the way, the ribbon wraps around the entire box, including the bottom.
Regarding the bloodwood box, since bloodwood is so dense and heavy, I was concerned that the lid, with the added weight of the ribbon and bow, would be too heavy for the box when opened. The recommended stop hinges work like a charm and the box does not tip over when opened.
Mr. Marble used spray-on shellac for a finish so I thought I would try it too. The boxes have two coats of the shellac and I followed that up with two coats of aerosol polyurethane. Getting good and even coverage on the inside of the bow loops proved difficult. I may go to either a brush or wipe-on application next time. I just finished these this morning and will present them to the ladies tonight. Thanks for checking in.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI