|Project by Woodhacker||posted 04-17-2008 06:53 AM||3571 views||7 times favorited||17 comments|
This box is posted for any Kansas State University fans out there. I made 3 of these to date, each somewhat different, but basically using the same “Powercat” inlay. Some time ago, I contacted KSU to get permission to use the Powercat logo, in case I ever decided to sell one of these boxes rather than use them as gifts. I sent pictures and everything but never heard a word back.
The contrasting woods are purpleheart and birdseye maple. The dovetails are hand cut and are slightly grouped into two’s for a unique pattern. The top is a frame/panel type construction using tongue and groove joinery on all four sides. The panel in the top frame is flush with the frame and both have a slight 45 degree bevel to highlight the border between the two. The miters could be a little tighter. They have a 3/8 inch by ¼ inch maple spline running the entire length of the miter for strength. The feet are birdseye maple as well.
The lid handle is also purpleheart and is fastened via mortise/tenon.
The four inlay pieces that make up the Powercat were cut using a scroll saw and the recesses for the inlay were cut by hand, but I also used a trim router with a 1/8 inch bit too carefully remove as much as possible prior to changing to chisels and flexcut gouges to remove the excess from the perimeter of the recesses.
The piece was sanded to 320 grit before finishing. Since I wanted to preserve the purple color as long as possible (before it turns brownish with age) I used a water based finish with UV protection to slow down the aging affect from light. I was afraid that an oil base finish would darken the purpleheart too much initially. I put on 8 coats and sanded between every several coats until most of the grain pores were filled in….finishing with 1500 grit. I hand rubbed the finish using an auto body polishing (no grit) compound…which worked very well, then rubbed in a light coat of clear liquid wax made for guitar finishes.
-- Martin, Kansas