|Project by jasondain||posted 185 days ago||1064 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
I was asked to build a box for ashes for a friends dog who recently passed away unexpectedly after some diagnostic procedures at the vet hospital. I have used shaker boxes for this purpose in the past but I’m a bit aggravated with that process so wanted to do something different and a bit bigger than normal. I also wanted to try and match the brindle color of the dog (attached) as this was a very tough situation for the owner.
The box is made of 5/8” Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) with dovetailed corners. The lid is constructed with bridle joins offset toward the top for the rabbet with a captured panel that is flush with the frame. The lid is rabbeted to sit flush with the sides and just lifts off as I don’t expect it to be opened/closed all that often. I tried to do as much smoothing as possible with my planes but had lots of trouble with tear-out. Even with my freshly sharpened 50 degree veritas low angle smoother, I still got some tearout that I removed with a cabinet scraper.
This was a challenging project due to the hardness of the wood and also trying to match the dogs color. The box was delivered today and the owner was very pleased with the result. On to the next project!