|Project by SawdustTX||posted 10-23-2012 11:35 PM||1800 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
Made this about 20 years ago, one of my favorite projects ever. Wish I had better pictures. It was a gift for my brother-in-law, intended as a man’s jewelry box for stashing his watch, rings, wallet etc. It’s about 5” x 7”, and 2.5” tall.
The trick on this one was keeping every piece exactly where it came out of the original block, so the diagonal strips line up everywhere. If you get off just a little, it shows a lot at the other end.
1. Glued up a few mesquite slabs into a solid block 3×6 x 8, then sliced it through twice diagonally and glued in the Imbuia strips. Milled it square and to final size. Routed all the edge roundovers and sanded everything.
2. Sliced off the lid and bottom, sanded
3. Cut out the center of the body, and then cut the ring tray out of the waste. Sanded the box insides and ring tray.
4. Cut rebates in the bottom inside edges of the body, cut the bottom piece down to match, sanded the bottom, and glued the bottom in, inset in the rebates.
5. Cut a dovetail slot in the side of the ring tray, all the way through.
6. Cut a dovetail key out of imbuia, with a small lip on the bottom to support the ring tray. Pinned the dovetail key to the box side with brass rod sanded flush.
7. Routed a recess inside the lid so it wasn’t just a flat slab, sanded it.
8. Mortised the lid and body for hinges, and attached the lid with brass hinges. When it closes, there is no air gap. I installed the hinges slightly angled toward each other, so they create friction and hold the lid up with no supports.
Total build time was 23 hours. (I’m slow).