|Project by Froggy||posted 11-09-2013 10:50 PM||2078 views||11 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a 70th birthday gift for my Aunt. No plans, no drawings, the whole thing was pretty much done on the fly, and I can’t really identify the style of it… :) It’s definitely not without flaws, but turned out reasonably well. Miters and rough shaping of the sides were done on a table saw, and the final shaping with a sanding block. I used meranti for the box and lid frames, and plywood with walnut veneer for the top and the bottom. Finished with shellac. Small quadrant hinges are from Lee Valley.
The original idea was to do some sort of lining inside the box (velvet, or silk, or something), but I decided to leave it as is – the wood combo looks nice, and I also didn’t want to screw things up by complicating them. Photos got some reddish tint to them (I removed some, but not completely); in reality finished meranti has more amber/light brown shade, not as pink. This was my first time working with meranti, and I really liked it. Seems to be a good wood, inexpensive, with a nice texture (it’s changing shades under different light angles, looks great), and easy to work with. It’s prone to splintering a bit, but not too much.