|Project by dansnow||posted 09-20-2013 11:34 PM||1118 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
What a journey this was.
About 2 months ago I was approached by a friends sister about making a box for her sons birthday. I initially tried to say no as I hadn’t made a real box before, and some of the things she was asking for were not skills I possess, such as relief carving and that sort of thing. She wasn’t going to take no for an answer so after several discussions and design tweaks, I finally conceded and agreed to give it my best.
The theme of the box is the fantasy story Zelda. To achieve this I learned how to transfer a photo to wood using modge podge matt gel. Since the box was black walnut I needed to transfer the photo to a lighter piece of wood and then inlay that piece into the top. The front medallion and the songs on the ends of the box are cut from purple heart, as is the frame around the picture.
I considered a couple different methods of construction, but decided to start simple and went with mitered corners. My first practice box I made the top and bottom separately, which showed me why lots of folks build the box as one piece and then cut the top off. Works like a charm!!!
I learned how to shape the bottom and recess the hinge with a straight router bit, another first for me
It took me two dang days to get the hinge properly installed, but I finally beat it into submission.
The box has a simple removable tray. It’s 9” long, 6” wide and 5” deep. It’s finished with 5 coats of clear lacquer, rubbed with 0000 steel wool between coats. I still need to install the felt in the top and the bottom.
Overall I’m pleased with the final result, I learned a lot, and I really hope she and her son like it.
Thanks for looking, comments welcome.
-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts