|Project by Chris Cook||posted 08-15-2013 12:34 AM||1359 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This was a project to test a technique I wanted to use for a project I am working on now. It worked out so well that I decided to finish it out.
I have been making boxes using Martyn’s EZ Mitre technique and really like that technique. The only down side is the amount of wood wasted for some projects. I decided to just go with straight-up miter cuts to achieve the same results.
In order to improve my miter cuts and get them closer to dead-on, I made a new crosscut sled specifically for when my tablesaw blade is set to 45 degrees. I spent a good amount of time getting this sled square to the blade and it worked out pretty well.
I pick up these walnut burl blocks from my lumber supplier. They are about 12” x 4” x 4” and they produce some of the greatest looking boards for small projects. I featured one of these for the top of this box. I wanted it to be mitered flush to the top. The overall dimensions were dictated by the walnut top dimensions, so it is a bit of an odd size.
The sides are made with a type of pink heart / white wood that looks similar to a pine, but is not pine. The last picture shows the unfinished wood, so please help with the identification if you can. I used more of the walnut for the inlay.
After glue-up I cut the lid off and used more walnut for the inside lip.
I finished it with tung oil and wax. Turned out pretty nice.
-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""