|Project by Douglas Bordner||posted 06-09-2008 12:38 AM||6312 views||18 times favorited||54 comments|
This is a little experiment with M&T construction that I embarked on a few monthes back. During that period of experimentation Woodhacker profiled his Woodsmith series of keepsake box. I have to admit my course was steered by these fine boxes. Another part of my purpose in this box was to incorporate some resawn timber that Todd Clippinger gave me when he visited last winter.
Constructed of white oak and walnut, with the contoured appliqués of spalted apple. My wife has a bedroom set of waterfall style, and the feet have a detail that I borrowed from for this feature. Dividers are constructed of 1/4 spanish cedar (lightly sealed with dewaxed shellac – eventually when all oil has dried the box will be lightly perfumed) into which a strip of walnut was inlayed along the top edge.
The unfortunate end result resembles weird plywood…oh well.
The lid is a lamination of white oak and walnut scraps with a banding of walnut on the front edge and side edges. The back edge is un-banded.
I pinned the lid with 1/8th inch brass rod through the side walls. The lid opens about 105° before stopping against the back of the box. Something went slightly wonky during the drilliing process, as the visible gap with the lid open is not parallel across the entire width. However the action of the lid is unimpeded and there is a solid sound of closure when the lid goes down. I hope this will get ironed out with other boxes, but I can’t argue with paying about 5¢ for hinges.
The bottom of the box is baltic birch ply skinned with laminated strips of white oak, resembling a bowling alley floor (another scrap – this from my Christmas cutting board plan — which went seriously sideways and will be the source of many laminated box parts for decades).
Finished with homebrew oil varnish wipe on, three coats wet sanded in with progressively finer auto body paper from 400P-1500P. There were some warts, so I decided to cut the finish back with 0000 Liberon steel wood and a finished with several coats of micro-crystalline Conservator’s wax
Dimensions: 7.5˝ (19.05 cm) long – 6.0˝ (15.24 cm) wide – 3.125˝ (7.94 cm) tall – 2.0˝ (5.08 cm) interior depth
-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.