|Project by Boxguy||posted 144 days ago||1750 views||17 times favorited||32 comments|
Thanks, to all who take time to look at projects. I always enjoy reading and replying to questions and comments from you out there in Lumberland. I will respond to all who “have your say” in the next 24 hours. So check back for feedback.
Pictured: a cloth-lined jewelry keeper (9 X 6 X 6) who’s top was made from a Zebrawood tree that grew in Gabon, Africa. The sides are made from a 200 year old Persimmon tree that grew in an Indiana yard. (Hence the title) The corner splines are Wenge from a tree that grew in Congo, Africa. The Zebrawood and Wenge were scraps from a local veneer company and the Persimmon was blown over by Hurricane Ike’s tailwinds and sawn into planks by the owner.
I have had a string of questions lately about how I make the three part finger indents for my boxes. I composed a tutorial on making finger indents.
In my shop, I use a Jet bench top spindle sander with a modified top, but the tutorial will give you hints about how to do this with a simpler set-up like a drum sander in a drill press, two wood strips, and some masking tape. All the same principles apply.
Focus … Woods: It takes real effort to blend two or three woods into a box and have the colors go well together. In this box I wanted to emphasize the beauty of the Zebrawood scrap. So I made the box the size of the scrap I had. The Persimmon wood has a plainer grain; and while the color of Persimmon wood picks up the lighter streaks of the Zebrawood, it doesn’t take away from the complex grain and color of Zebrawood. In very old persimmon trees you will have some really black streaks. I choose to emphasize the black in the small tray and to pull out this color with the black Wenge splines in the box and the tray.
I seldom make a box using all one wood. There are two reasons for this. One, I like the look of contrast and blend in smaller projects like boxes. Two, since I work from scraps I often don’t have enough of the really special wood to make a whole box. If I did I probably would still make two or three boxes with the special wood (like the Zebrawood here) into more than one box. Keep boxing and keep posting.
See Below: For further tips on making boxes there are tutorials arranged by topics below. Just scroll and click.
Tutorials: For methods used to make a box like that pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic. The top topic on the list is new.
Adding finger indents:
Mortising and installing hinges:
Cutting off the box top:
Adding splines to a box:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
$5 band clamps:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Jig for 45ing corners:
Organizing a glue-up table:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
-- Big Al in IN