|Project by newTim||posted 03-03-2013 03:25 AM||2118 views||8 times favorited||5 comments|
I’ll never go back to splines again. Well, maybe not ever. Its been over 900 days and over 20,700 views since I first posted Introducing the String Box and its related blog Secrets of the String Box Revealed. Time flies. Double Cross is the latest in the series, at least until I post Triple Cross, and while the basic process is the same I have added a couple of new things. I figured out how quick, easy, and accurate it is to cut hidden corner splines with the Mortise Pal jig. The setup is fast and unlike similar jigs on the router table, you can view the entire cut and increase the depth gradually to avoid stressing the router bit. The lid tab is actually a part of the lid and was exposed with a couple of passes over the dado stack and cut out with the bandsaw. I also figured out how to make string box mock ups on Sketchup. Maybe it’s time to update the blog.
This box is made with sapelle and maple with a simple piano hinge. The finish is The Wood Whisperer’s Simple Varnish finish, more or less, with coat of Renaissance wax.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com