|Project by PDK||posted 01-06-2013 10:18 AM||1860 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
So this is my first post and first project – my “freshman effort” if you will. As you can see it’s a simple sliding top box made out of walnut, curly maple, and wenge, and finished using 2 coats of tung oil with maroon felt on the bottom of the interior.
The purpose of this box was simple: our new cat, Stella (who is posing next to her item in one of the photos), has a skin condition that requires her to take anthistamines twice a day as we hide in some wet food (Fancy Feast). I got tired of seeing the ugly spoon and plastic pill box just lying around on the counter and thought it might be nice to create a more elegant solution.
As you can tell, it’s a pretty simple box cut with an elevated bottom – “stilts” if you will. I did this in case there was ever any standing water on the on kitchen counter, then the whole bottom wouldn’t be submerged and it would be easier to clean. So it rests on these stilts. The wenge piece which slides back and forth is sandwiched between two pieces of curly maple. I ran a thin bullnose router cut across the bottom of the tab, which gives your finger some natural leverage when pulling back on the top.
This was essentially version 2.0 of the box as version 1.0 crashed and burned slightly. I’m also learning very quickly that woodworking seems to be as much about problem solving as it is about preplanning. I learned plenty in failing with version 1.0 of this box, and have even been able to resurrect that attempt from the ashes to assemble a simple trinket box for my daughter.
I’m finding out very quickly how difficult it is working with smaller pieces of wood, and learning the support tolerances necessary to make a solid piece. I probably started with too small of a project and should have attempted a larger piece, but I was eager to begin and felt compelled to do something that served a broader purpose.
As an aside, let me say that after scanning the projects daily on this site for the past month, I’m simply amazed at the skill, craftsmanship, and detail all of you put into your work. There are a number of projects where I sit stunned and wonder “how in the hell did he do that?” There are a couple that I swear would take me one lifetime just to figure it out, and then another lifetime to attempt to build it. So in short, I have a huge degree of respect and admiration for everyone building and posting on this website. I certainly welcome any and all critiques as I’m trying to improve quickly and apply some of the massive knowledgebase and astounding talent captured on this website.
-- - The day I stop learning is the day I stop living.