|Project by KirkSawdustmaker||posted 09-04-2013 09:30 PM||1777 views||16 times favorited||12 comments|
I call this my Flame Box for obvious reasons. It is made of Yellowheart, Padauk, and Walnut. I was trying for all the elements of a fire; flame, embers, and charcoal. It is a companion piece to the Cantilever Box I did about a year ago. It stands about 8” tall, and is about 5.5” across. It is finished in Tung Oil.
I have included a couple shots of a trick I do to keep drawers from sliding open when you move the box. One the bottom of each drawer is a 5/16” rare earth magnet. On the bottom of each box is a hole with a set screw in it. The set screw and magnet provide just enough pull to keep the drawer in place when it is closed, but not so much as to make it difficult to open. By adjusting the set screw, the amount of “friction” can be increased or decreased as desired.
Putting in the set screw and magnet also provides a better way to round off the front. With the drawer properly in line with the box (before it is given it’s curved front), I drill a 1/8” hole through the box and into the drawer. The depth of the hole in the drawer is about the thickness of the magnet. I’ve already marked the curve on the box. In this case it was a 7” radius arc. I leave the drill bit in the hole, which keeps the box and the drawer in line while I cut off the waste, and then sand the front to the curve I want. Rather than use my band saw, I just cut it close with my chop saw, and then used the belt sander to smooth it down. Leaving the drill bit in place keeps the drawer and box aligned while I cut and sand. When the front is done, I remove the drill bit, drill out the box for the set screw, and use a Forsner bit to drill the hole for the magnet. The original method of taping the drawer to the box just allowed too much play when holding up the drawer and the box against the belt sander. I could not get the drawer and the box to stay lined up.
If I was rounding off the back side of the box as well, I’d leave the drill bit in place while I did the back side.
The other key on this one is to cut the slots in the yellowheart sides while the sides are still square. Once it’s cut to shape, it’s almost impossible to get nice square slots that are angles right.
-- Have saw, Will travel