|Project by Gumnut||posted 07-29-2012 08:08 AM||3420 views||15 times favorited||43 comments|
Well here is the best I can do so far, I entered it into the Out Of The Woods Competition here in Western Australia and it picked up first place and at the end of the show it picked up People’s Choice award, both with a trophy which is what I wanted the most.
The jewellery box was inspired by the Russian jeweller Carl Faberge who made jewel encrusted eggs that contained a surprise for the family of the Czar of Russia on each Easter.
My version doesn’t have any Diamonds or gold yet but with time I hope it will hold some loved and cherished pieces of jewellery.
It has taken twelve months to finish with 355 individual pieces of veneer and 215 pieces of wood, how many hours who knows?
The Egg was turned from a large block of Jarrah burl.
The top hinge block was one of the hardest sections to work out and finally after 5 prototypes the solution came when I was filling up a car with fuel, the answer to the pivoting hinge was right in front of me, a canter lever pivoting from the underside would work perfectly.
The main body or carcase has the Hinge block inserted into the top which is removable for adjustment.
This was pre-assembled without glue many times to fine tune the different needs of the design, the carcase has a hexagon shaped plywood base board that is double veneered, Vavona on the underside and birds eye Poplar for the inside areas of the drawer sections.
I used 3mm plywood to make up the base of the drawers which were sanded on the edges to an exact fit into each of the drawer compartment sections. Every drawer has a number laser etched into the rear and that corresponds with the same in the carcase because each drawer is unique.
Also in the back of each drawer there is a piece of steel inserted underneath the veneer which is attracted by strong magnets (from old hard drives) that are mounted inside the carcase behind the rear Poplar walling.
The turned end posts continue flowing underneath the carcase to join tapered half round pieces of Jarrah that act as the six feet.
In two of the turned posts there are two brass polished and lacquered handles that when pushed down they open the egg to reveal another egg inside.
There were no plans for the building of this project just lots of laying in bed while I should be sleeping, thinking up ideas on how to make it work. Very wrong way to do things!
I finished the project with just one day prior to the show, just in time to enter it.
Hope you like it and I hope it is inspiration for beginners.
I have done a blog here for the construction procedure.
-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm