|Project by Thomas Porter||posted 03-18-2007 09:18 PM||7352 views||8 times favorited||28 comments|
Here’s a fun project I just completed. It’s a solid 3/4” leopardwood humidor with through dovetails and some extra hand-crafted touches. I built the two trays for the inside from Aromatic Cedar that I milled from the log itself. In the process of doing so, I found out that my skin is very allergic to aromatic cedar, and after spending about 16 hours that day around it my skin broke out all over my face and ears, and I turned beat red. My chest got all botchy, and I itched like crazy. A few doses of Benadryl and some Advil later, I no longer felt like my face was on fire. My ears are peeling now and are still swollen about 1/3 larger than they’re supposed to be, but it was worth it. :-)
The fun touches that I added to the piece were in black ebony. I inlayed the person’s initials in the top, made ebony feet for the bottom, and since they didn’t want the brass ring of the hygrometer showing, I fabricated an ebony ring that would press fit on to the glass (very difficult – took forever).
I used quadrant hinges from Brusso (also not the most easy thing to do). The piece is 16”wide X 10”long X 7.5”high. The hygrometer is a through-hygrometer that allows the person to view the humidity from the outside, instead of having to open up the top to see inside. The dovetails also have half dovetails at the top and bottom of both the body and the lid. The finish is a satin laquer that I applied using cloth. I used 6 coats. I finished with 0000 steel wool and cleaned the piece up with cotton cloth and compressed air. I have pictures of the entire process that I’ll throw on here eventually. It’s pretty neat how things came together.
I used this piece to learn how to do inlay and dovetails. It’s my first time for a lot of the things I had to do on this piece. I can’t wait to start another one.
-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com