|Project by MrLaughingbrook||posted 01-06-2013 02:34 PM||1239 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I had milled cedar planks left from the drawers of my nightstand project, so I decided on some boxes for my girls.
They are 10” x 10” dovetailed cedar in the body and oak for the top, bottom and shadow boxes.
The floors are lined with adhesive backed green felt. Wow, that stuff is hard to install once the box is made. I ruined one piece when I tried to peel it back to straighten it. Lucky that I had extra or I’d be going back to the store.
The top includes a 1” deep shadow box with sliding door of plexiglass glued to one of the mitered frame pieces. Mostly these are a result of wanting a way to latch the lid shut but not wanting to buy expensive hardware. They provide a place for the threaded insert receiving a thumb screw through the front. A thumb screw and threaded insert were much less expensive than box locks. Maybe they’ll make good storage for flat treasures like pictures.
Barrel hinges were new to me, but I liked the price so decided to give them a try. I’m very happy with the result and will use them again.
Lid support is of “clock” chain rated for 10 lbs. and was inexpensive by the 10M length at the local blue box store. I have plenty left over for future projects.
I made the feet from maple balls recovered from my daughter’s school science project, a Newton Cradle to demonstrate gravity was cool but no longer needed. These were quite a challenge to cut in half. I accomplished it by sending wood screws through a board with just less than half the ball’s diameter showing. Then I mounted the balls and used the table saw and rip fence to slice them in half. The saw blade motion tries to unscrew them. One went flying! Much better after I put the rip fence to the left of the blade.
Lastly, I scribed relief squares in the tops using a dado blade and rip fence because it looked so plain as the one solid piece of wood that I recovered from a computer keyboard tray no longer needed on that desk.
I hope you all enjoy the pictures half as much as I enjoy seeing your work. I’m new to Lumberjocks so, please offer comments that help become a better member.
-- Mr. Laughingbrook