|Project by Boxguy||posted 12-10-2012 10:39 AM||3105 views||13 times favorited||37 comments|
Pictured: A jewelry box with a laser cut, interwoven dragon scale top. In the top the lighter wood is Japanese Sen. The darker wood is figured Etome from Ghana. The sides of the box are African Mahogany from central Africa. The corner splines are New England Rock Maple salvaged from very old flooring. The sliding tray sides are made of Macore from western Africa. The bottom of the tray is veneer from a Californian Redwood burl. The dividers in the tray are salvaged wooden Venetian blinds. How is that for a collection of scraps?
Links: These are links to some of my various posting and blog articles on topics relating to building this box and other boxes. These links will answer some of the most frequently asked questions on these topics. Just click on the topic and scroll down through the posting. Finish... Hinges... Band Clamps ...Splines... Gluing
Story: I can’t claim any credit for the laser work on the top. This was done in a local veneer mill and is beautiful, precise work. I am fortunate to have friends who give me such wonderful scrap pieces to work with. Most of these woods were once-upon-a-time crating.
Focus: Recycling exotic wood into boxes is my way of extending the lives of these wonderful trees. I seldom buy wood, preferring to scrounge around for material. Of course, I am really fortunate to have some wonderful wood to scrounge through and friends to help me look. No matter where you live there is probably some source of wood scraps. If I can just find a board 2 to 3 feet long, 4 to 6 inches wide, that will plane out at 5/8 of an inch thick, I can make a box from that board…so can you.
Thanks, to all of you in Lumberland who take the time to look. A special thanks to all who take time to write remarks or ask questions. I will respond on this posting to all your comments over the next couple of days, so check back here to see my rejoinders and answers.
-- Big Al in IN