|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 09-28-2013 08:57 AM||2286 views||10 times favorited||35 comments|
I designed this pattern a couple of months ago for the Holiday 2013 issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. It had been a while since I made a box, and I wanted something that would be large enough to hold average sized Christmas cards, and that you could accomplish by only using the scroll saw.
Since cutting perfectly straight lines on the scroll saw is difficult, I decided to have the sides slotted, and the edges fluted. This allowed the corners to lock into place with each other and if by chance the person making the box didn’t cut it perfectly, it wouldn’t be as noticeable.
The lid has the phrase “O Night Divine” scrolled into it. For those who read my blog, you may remember that I had made the lid once, and after I showed it on my morning post someone very kindly told me that I spelled the word “divine” incorrectly (DOH!) (I had it spelled “Devine!) Unfortunately, it was after I had cut it out that I found the error. While I was somewhat upset, I was happy that I hadn’t sent the incorrect lid to the magazine. I suppose it is good to show things here and get opinions. I know now how to spell it, and I will probably never goof it up again. :)
I posted the pattern for the box on my site a couple of days ago (SLD430) and I am astounded at the huge response I received from it. I am very proud of it though and I love that it is pretty, but not very difficult to cut.
My sample here is made from 1/2” and 1/4” bird’s eye maple. The lid liner is made of walnut. I finished it with my usual mineral oil/spray shellac method which gives it a nice, warm finish. The lid, as you see, is all scroll work with the phrase “O Night Divine” scrolled in to depict Christmas Eve. On the sides, there are 10 Nativity characters.
I hope this box will be a nice keepsake and become a family heirloom. I made a matching set of ornaments which I will post in my project tomorrow. Thank you for looking.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"