|Project by Woodhacker||posted 04-22-2008 12:35 AM||3763 views||23 times favorited||26 comments|
This box was a birthday gift for one of my four sisters. At the time I wanted to try something with frame/panels, but also wanted to use some gaboon ebony I had on hand. This box was the result. Initially all the ebony corner posts were going to be “proud” of the frames a 1/16 inch, but because of a measurement error they needed to be flush. (always trying to find ways to cover my mistakes) Nearly all the joinery was done on my router table with the help of a hand made jig for the miter key slots. The frames are jatoba, with curly maple panels. The ebony was used to accent the joinery of the miter keys in the frames. The corner posts and frames are joined using mortise/tenons. The bottom is red oak and is rabbeted into the sides. The inlay in the top is ebony. My sister kids me that it looks like the crosses are sitting on a Nike Swoosh!….so much for my “artwork”.
The feet are cocobolo. The ebony handle is fastened by mortise/tenon joinery. For a lid “catch” I embedded a rare earth magnet in the lid and the top of the front of the box using CA glue that I mixed with Jatoba saw dust. All outer edges were beveled 1/8 in. wide at 45 deg. The base inside is overlayed with black non-stretchable felt. It’s finished with four coats of satin poly-blend, followed by hand rubbing with paste wax using 0000 steel wool.
Maybe my woodworking motto should be “Just do it”.
(I have another variation of this box I made for another sister)
-- Martin, Kansas