|Project by Splinters||posted 04-15-2008 12:16 AM||2167 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Creating a box that is simple, but unique, and also beautiful, as well as protective, has been a very challenging and rewarding experience. I am thrilled to have taken on this project.
To be a part of this creation, which will be used to display and protect an antique family heirloom is special.
Life is a journey and this has been an enjoyable part of that process
In planning out this project I decided to use finger joint construction on the corners. I felt it would add to the look and feel of the box. Not to mention it would also provide exceptional strength in the corner joints and additional protection. (The color difference between the first two photos is because the finger-joint photo is still the raw wood and the other photo is after I have began applying the finish coats.)
I am pleased in the end result.
The size of the box was determined using the measurements of the platter that would be stored inside.
(1 1/2” x 13” x 15”)
The top proved to be the most challenging. Hand selecting the right grain pattern direction, and coloring caused me to look through a lot of boards before I found ones that I thought worked well together. The breadboard front was biscuited to add additional stability to the lid. There is a latch to go on the front to secure it once it arrives from Lee Valley.
Matching the grains and colors I think worked out well. The color will only get richer looking as time passes. The top of the box has been laser engraved with a customized celtic cross and the words “Ardara, County Donegal” below it. This process creates a very detailed sharp image.
For the inside of the box I wanted to create a foundation which would display the platter as well as protect it. Using a high density foam padding I created a pocket to hold the platter and then covered the foam with a nice material.
The real test will come when the client places the platter in the box for the first time. Hopefully all the measurements they gave me to work with will perfectly cradle it and protect it for many years to come.
The following are tools I used to create this custom Walnut box with finger – joints. They have been great and I highly recommend them.
Freud 8'' Dado Set
This stacked dado set features kickback-reducing shoulder design and cuts all sizes from 1/4” to 7/8”. Perfect for shelving, joints, tongue and groove, and rabbets…
The easy accurate way to get perfect-fitting box joints. Attaches to any miter gauge, works on any table saw or router table…