|Project by Mean_Dean||posted 10-12-2013 01:00 AM||4161 views||25 times favorited||30 comments|
I needed a valet box to hold keys, wallet, watch, and other items, instead of leaving them on the kitchen counter, and decided on this box design, which I found in a box-making book.
It’s made of African mahogany and Peruvian walnut, with a frame and panel lid, and a base/carcase out of the contrasting woods. It’s lined with dark brown suede cloth, and is finished with 3 coats of home-made Danish oil.
It’s dimensions are: 13”L x 9 1/2”W x 3 3/4”H.
And now, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:
The Good: the lid. I glued up the panel, and you can’t see the seam. The frame and panel design really highlights the beauty of the mahogany panel. The walnut keys really accent the carcase. Also, as it turns out, the Freud FTG sawblade, and the 1/8” setting on my planer are in exact alignment—the keys fit perfectly the first time!
Additionally, I used a Wixey digital angle guage to set the 45 degree angle of the sawblade, and the miters on the carcase were airtight the first time.
The Bad: The Peruvian walnut may be a bit dark, with too much contrast between it and the mahogany.
The Ugly: The rear “foot” piece is about 1/32” too long, and you can notice it if you look for it. I think my stop block may not have been clamped down tight enough, and moved when I butted the piece against it.
Thanks for looking, and as always, comments are appreciated!
-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN