|Project by Boxguy||posted 03-07-2013 08:02 AM||2611 views||11 times favorited||44 comments|
Pictured: is an African Mahogany and American Walnut jewelry box (10 1/4” diameter lid, 7” sides, 8 1/2 inch high when closed) with a figured Movingui accent on the inside lid. It features a divided storage area in the bottom and a lift out ring and small item container. Finished with one coat tung oil, 3 coats poly, 1 coat wax. This box has found a home in a dear friend’s home.
Construction: The corner legs are set at a 45 degree angle and are attached with a vertical spline that runs in a slot the full length of the leg.
I have found that first gluing the vertical splines into both sides of all four legs, makes the assembly much easier.
Hint: If the slots in the sides of the box are just a little bit larger than the spline it will give you some “flex” and makes the assembly go much better. If the outside of your corner legs are even with the edges of the box you can insert the bottom and then tape the sides in place and band clamp the box together for nice tight joints at the corners. I notched the inside of the legs to accept the box bottom and also cut each corner of the bottom board at 45 degrees to fit into the legs. To make sure the top can fold back completely, and miss the legs as it does, I used a wide hinge and glued a small support block under the part of the hinge that overhangs the back of the box.
This is the lift-out tray.
Focus: Making the top. I used an expanding chuck in a center-drilled hole to turn the inside of the lid. A grip hole was then turned on the inside side. Then I flipped the lid around, inserted it onto the lathe using the expanding chuck and turned the top removing all traces of the first chuck hole. Obviously you start with a board about 2 inches thick and 11 inches square for this process. The Movingui sun in the inside top fills in the chuck hole on the inside with a close-fitting raised section on the back of the Movingui and this is glued in place. The Movingui sun makes for a nice surprise when you flip the lid.
Thanks: As always, thanks for looking and a special thanks to those of you who take the extra time to add a comment or suggestion. I will respond to all comments in batches during the next day or so. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN