|Project by Woodhacker||posted 05-28-2008 11:52 PM||3366 views||17 times favorited||18 comments|
This is the third in my series of boxes using the Woodsmith Plan from Vol. 29, No. 174. Each one is unique in it’s own way, depending on who it’s for. I made this one for one of my nephew’s wife. She likes to collect wolf figurines, etc. I’d purchased this wolf pattern some time ago from a scrolling magazine. I had to shrink the plan down to about 1/3 size to fit it onto the top of this box. This made the cutouts very small. I drilled 216 starter holes for all the various cutouts. (I know, it’s kind of strange to keep track of things like that, but this was the first time I’d scrolled anything this intricate.) Doing this box gave me newfound admiration for those LJs that have posted all the great scroll work projects I’ve seen out here on LJ.com since becoming a member.
I call this box “The Ghost of Wolf” because the wolf face seems to be transparent through the grain of the wood…or even hiding behind the grain in some respects. I think this is partially because the pattern was reduced so much, which made the cutouts so much smaller…the image is much more subtle than with the full blown pattern. I’m not sure this effect totally comes out in these pictures though.
The sides and top are bubinga with figured maple for the front and back. The sides are joined to the front/back with blind mortise/tenon joinery approx. 2 inches long by ¼ inch wide. The base is hickory and is tongue/grooved on all four sides. The finish is 9 coats of wipe-on satin poly/oil blend…enough to completely fill in the grain. Final sanding of the finish was 1500 grit followed by hand rubbing using Behlens buffers polish. The lid is fastened with a 95 degree stop piano style hinge.
Note about the pictures…I couldn’t quite seem to get the lighting right because they all have slight orange-ish hue…more so than in real life. The color in the close-up below is perhaps a little too dark but is closer to the actual richer color of the bubinga, (although this picture does give the wolf a “shiner” in its left eye).
I just completed this box and her birthday is not until July. I’m not sure I can pull this off as planned, but as a way of presenting this gift, I’m planning on giving her the web path to LJ.com with this project link, and let her see it first here on-line before handing her the real thing. …kind of a “web-based” wrapping paper. So please…no one tip her off. :)
-- Martin, Kansas