|Project by maplerock||posted 09-15-2013 08:46 PM||1188 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I like this box! I think it looks pretty good, and I’ve never seen one quite like it. It started with an idea… build a box for a brother in law that collects marbles. It’s about 12’ x 9” x 4” high.
I made smallish compartments to hold some of his favorites. It doesn’t really allow them to be displayed well though.
I put leather straps on it since it’s heavy when full of marbles (don’t tell my teenage son I cut one of his belts in half to make them.)
I wanted to put a big marble on top to illustrate that this is a marble box. I bought a couple of big marbles and then faced the dilemma of how to attach it to the lid. Option 1 was to drill a hole in the marble and insert a rod, drill a hole in the box top and epoxy it in. That didn’t work. Couldn’t drill the marble. Option 2 was to carve an indention into the box top and epoxy the marble in. Didn’t try that as I was leery of the marble holding onto the wooden top under stress. Option three… use a wooden ball, paint it like a marble and use a wooden dowell to attach it.
I chose option 3. It was kind of fun painting the “marble.” I think it came out pretty good.
The compartments came out pretty well, but upon clamping it all up, I worried that they are stressing the miter joints. They look good, but I guess only time will tell.
Finished with tung oil and minwax poly, I hope my brother in law likes it!
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana