|Project by RussInMichigan||posted 12-29-2012 01:21 PM||1513 views||9 times favorited||13 comments|
Hello Fellow Lumberjocks,
I made this box for my sister-in-law from a Thomas Haapapuro design. This design is called Arabian Box and it comes from his book “Fresh Designs for Woodworking”. This is my first cut of this design, so I consider it a prototype, but it should make an interesting trinket box for her.
The woods are walnut, maple and oak. I finished it with a couple coats of Watco’s Natural Danish Oil.
This design is beautiful but it isn’t really practical to be cut on the scroll saw. Even with #9 double skip tooth blades and the saw at top speed, it took several hours to make the heavy cuts. Cutting the fretwork lid and the lid liner, sanding, and finishing added many more hours.
The next time I work with this design I will cut the exterior with the band saw with a 1/8” blade and I will simplify the interior design to avoid making so many curved cuts. The tiny interior cavities in the arms are too small to serve any practical purpose, and, since I think the WOW factor of this design comes from the exterior shape and the fretwork top, making so many additional cuts is a monumental waste of time.
It is beautiful, but I will approach it differently next time.
Thanks for looking in.