|Project by Boxguy||posted 08-22-2012 01:17 AM||2864 views||15 times favorited||39 comments|
Pictured: This is a 9×7x6 jewelry box made of Movingui from Ghana and Black Walnut from Spencer, Indiana. The inside tray has divided segments on one side, and a foam and velvet keeper for rings and ear rings on the other half. The finish, applied with a one inch foam brush, is one coat of Minwax Tung Oil, two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly, final coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax with a OOOO steel wool rub between all coats.
Story: I like working alone in my shop, but sometimes it gets a little too solitary…even for me. So when my buddy Ken wanted to make a jewelry box for his wife, or daughter, we worked together in the shop on this project. It was productive, but we also took time to talk about a variety of topics and had fun getting to know each other better.
Basically: We each made a box. I would do a step in construction and Ken would follow and do the same thing to his project. It seems to be a good teaching technique, and we each have a finished box at the end of the process. The nice part about this is that Ken actually built this box himself, but he knew exactly what to do. Because he was willing to take his time on the sanding and finishing stages his first box turned out very well indeed. He did a great job…as you can see.
Construction Sequence: The board is planed to 5/8 and finish sanded on the inside side. A dado groove is cut for the bottom. The four sides are cut to length. The corners are 45ed. The bottom inserted and the carcass is glued and assembled. The corner splines are cut and inserted and then the top is glued on. All the edges are rounded and rough sanded. The top is cut off, the hinge mortise is cut and the hinge is screwed in place. Finally the box is finish sanded to 800 grit and the finish coats are applied. The last step is adding the stop chain. Several of these steps are detailed in my blog. Link
Critique: This was a fun project for both Ken and me. The movingui grain is almost holographic in sunlight. We like the detail of the splines in the tray. It is a nice touch and makes that part of the box elegant. The dado blade tended to chip this particular piece of walnut so that was a struggle.
Thanks: As always thanks for looking and a special thanks to all of you in Lumber Land who take time to give comments or suggestions. That is what makes posting fun and worth doing.
PS Addendum: Ken asked me to thank all of you Lumber Jocks for the support and compliments you sent his way. He is very proud of his first box, as he should be.
-- Big Al in IN