|Project by Blackie_||posted 10-02-2013 09:50 PM||1801 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
This build was a trial with success no errors and a learning experience, after long study and research I finely came up with a plan on doing the inlay of the cross, (my first attempt at this was on an Urn in which I sectioned the lid into 3 separate pieces to do the inlay) I used the router table along with a story stick and stop blocks clamped to the fence and it came out perfect, next it was figuring out how to put a bevel on the lid such as a raised panel but I didn’t want it too drastic just a slight bevel, I have a 60 piece router bit set and out of all the bits I wasn’t able to come up with anything, I’m mind set on laying the work piece flat on the table when routing it had never dawned or occurred to me that you can put your work piece up on edge and run it down the fence and then the light bulb went off I grabbed one of the 22.5 degree cone router bits and it worked like a charm, problems solved, I first though routed out the lap to fit in the kerf then did the bevel, the tray is bandsawn created from a scrap block of alder I had laying around.
The woods used are all mesquite only the lid is from a different batch which gave me what I was looking for in contrast and the cross is maple. Measurements are 10 1/2×6 1/2×5 finished in a single coat of tung oil with a quick wipe then a follow up with Shellac, two coats of satin wipe on poly with a final wipe with paste wax.
Edit In the cross inlay Thought I’d add in how I did the cross inlay.
I used a 3/8” upspiral bit and set it to a 1/8” cutting depth, (first) I measured the total length of the lid and marked the center the full width of the lid, I then marked my 3/8 cut lines with pencil off of the center mark the full width of the lid, next I did the same for the location of the cross in this case I measured from the top down 1 1/2” to the top of the cross section, from the center line that I had first placed on the lid I measured out 1 3/4” both directions to make the cross as I saw fit on this application (looked right) and once again marked out fully the cross by pencil 3/8”,
I then took that half distance measurement and from the center of the bit I stationed the fence using that measurement then using a story stick I made the pass and checked on the lid to be accurate, I then made the vertical pass on the lid,
(second) for the cross section, I placed the router fence from the widest point of the bit measured 1 1/2” from that point and locked the fence in place, I then rotated the bit by hand (unplugged) so that the widest points were running parallel with the fence and then placed the lid down over the bit so that the first dado I cut locked the lid in place so that there was no free play from left to right then measured out 1 3/4” on both sides of the lid and clamped my stop blocks in place, I then powered up the router and slowly lowered the lid down onto the bit starting from the right stop block until fully lowered then made the cross pass to the far left stop block, using a chisel I squared up the rounded ends the bit left on the cross section.
Please let me know if you have any questions, hope I made since.
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