|Project by Woodhacker||posted 05-27-2008 12:59 AM||4240 views||30 times favorited||24 comments|
This was a birthday gift for one of my sisters. This is a variant of an original design. The first of the two can be seen at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/7096, and if your interested, I did a related blog on the first box at http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Woodhacker/blog/4441.
Each surface, except for the bottom, are a panel and frame construction. The top includes a scrollwork scene I’ve used in another of my gift boxes. The frames are mitered at the corners with a locking spline running through and perpendicular to the miter joint. The frames are made from jatoba. The panels are made from black walnut and are tongue and grooved into the frames. Inside each frame is an inlay banding, which is also on the inside of the lid. The corner posts, handle, and locking miter splines are all made from gaboon ebony. The ebony handle is joined using a small blind mortise/tenon. The feet are made from a cocobolo pen blank. Each side is joined to the ebony corner post using blind mortise and tenon joinery. All the outside edges are beveled at 45 degrees, approx. 1/8 inch wide. The base is rabbeted into the sides and is made of red oak. In all, there are 57 separate pieces of joined/milled wood that make up this keepsake box, not including 24 pieces of patterned inlay banding that surround the panels. The “latch” is a pair of rare earth magnets embedded into the lid and front using a mixture of CA glue (cynoacrylate glue) and jatoba sawdust. The hinge is a piano type hinge with a 95 degree stop.
The finish is an oil base sealer coat followed by 4 coats of wipe-on oil/poly blend. The finish was rubbed out with paste wax using 0000 steel wool. A second paste wax coat followed.
-- Martin, Kansas