|Project by Monte Pittman||posted 11-08-2012 05:46 PM||1755 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
When I took this job I thought it was a box with an extra lining. In the long run it may be. But getting there was nothing but problems. I couldn’t get Spanish Cedar anywhere local. My first thought was to substitute another cedar I do have. Wrong! Upon further research, Spanish Cedar isn’t actually a cedar. It it a type of mahogany. So substitute mahogany for it. That’s fine, i actually had some mahogany on hand. Of course now I have a nice cedar lined box also! The body is made of old oak. I have used it for several boxes with no problems. Made the box and put mahogany lining in it. Came back next day and the bottom had split badly along the edges. I could sand it smooth, but that doesn’t hide the cracks. I decided to put the lip around the bottom. It covers the crack and looked nice on there. The lip is Russian Olive. The splines are hop hornbeam. That went fairly well.
The lid is also old oak. Put mahogany lining on it. Used oak for grizzman style hinges and front lip. At least in my mind, it needs to seal fairly well to hold humidity at 70% for cigars. Back the next day and surprise! The lid now doesn’t fit on box! OK, a little bit of sanding got that on. As you can see in pictures the hinge pins aren’t in. The guy in charge of stock failed to have brass rod on hand in my shop :-(
Danish oil and satin poly for finish. It weighs about 5 pounds. If he doesn’t like it the wife will have a grossly overbuilt jewelry box.
Thanks for your tolerance and for looking
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.