|Project by oldwolf||posted 11-30-2012 06:56 PM||1877 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
The school box / sewing box build is finished. I built it for my oldest daughter’s 16th birthday present and she was very tickled with it. It is made from Curly Red Oak with a White Pine bottom (so it will have that wonderful pine scent when you open it) and air dried Black Walnut mouldings. The inspiration, of course came from the piece built by Chris Schwarz for the book ””The Joiner and Cabinet Maker
It was finished with three coats of boiled linseed oil on the outside and left clean on the inside. The hardware is Lee Valley unequal strap hinges (01.H20.12) and brass flat head screws. Chest handles will probably be added in the future when the right ones are found. I decided to skip the lock.
Once finished the box is bigger than I thought it would be, more of a small chest than a box. It measures 16” wide by 10 1/2” deep by around 10 3/4” tall. It was built using my standard practice of around 90% hand tools techniques that includes doing all the planing, jointing, joinery and making the mouldings by hand. I used the tablesaw for some rip cuts and the bandsaw for some resawing.
Making this chest was so very satisfying, I have never gotten to work figured stock like this before and the results were fantastic. Getting to build it for someone so special was important too. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I really don’t have a lot of complaints to make. Turns out my inner Thomas was along for the ride on this one.
If you want to see more pictures and documentation about the build of this small chest the process was covered on my blog. You can see it by going to this link ( http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/search/label/School%20Box ) The posts aggregate in reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top, so as you scroll down it’s kind of like watching the build in reverse.
Thanks for looking.
Ratione et Passionis
-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/