|Project by dan81||posted 04-27-2013 12:19 AM||1992 views||6 times favorited||23 comments|
I made this jewelry box for my wife out of TINY scraps that were laying around a friend’s wood shop (hence the lid being made up of three short boards). Not sure what all the species are, but the spalted maple is my favorite looking. I think the darkest wood is walnut, but I can’t be sure because my friend isn’t sure either. Whatever the dark wood is, it was a dream to work with hand tools. The maple was tough.
It’s my second box ever, and if you look closely you’ll see A LOT of mistakes. Ah well. The wife’s happy.
The box is about 6.5 X 8.5 inches and about 4 inches deep. I used predominantly hand tools, but did make a few cuts with my crosscut sled and table saw. This was my first real attempt at dovetails and after having cut a few “practice” ones in pine, I was super happy with how these came out. That was a nice surprise. I finished up with about a zillion coats of shellac, then buffed the daylights out of it with a rag and some carnauba wax.
This thing took me nothing short of FOREVER to make! It was mostly fun, though some mistakes were tough to swallow. I don’t know how you guys on lumber jocks are so fast at making stuff!?
Thanks for looking.
-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.