|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-27-2013 07:29 AM||2983 views||34 times favorited||31 comments|
Thanks, to all who take time to look at projects. I always enjoy reading and replying to questions and comments from you out there in Lumberland. I will respond to all who “have your say” in the next 24 hours. So check back for feedback. Please note that there is a list of tutorials on specific techniques at the end of this posting.
Pictured is a (6 x 11 x 6) jewelry keeper made of Ambrosia Maple with Ebony corner splines and using Venetian blind slats for dividers. Fellow Lumberjock, Maplerock (Jerry), made a box like this and I really liked how it looked. He was kind enough to give me a board of his Ambrosia Maple and I made one too. It has amazing colors. Though it doesn’t show well in the photographs, this box even has a green similar to that used in camo clothing. All the techniques used to build this box are detailed in the notes at the end of this posting.
Focus: Using a 3/4 inch or so roundover bit to round the corners of a box really helps accentuate the grain as it runs around the box; however, for the grain to match at the corners you need to cut the four side boards to length first…and then undercut the 45 degree angles second. After routing I then use 80 grit sandpaper to remove any glue residue, burn marks, and chipped wood. With this 80 grit and a random orbital sander I can sculpt a more gentle curve at the corners. Rounded corner also can take a beating better than sharp corners. They don’t chip and dent like sharp corners do.
Above is another example of matched and rounded corners.
This picture shows the same rounding technique applied to both the top and the corners. Be aware that I have been accused of making my boxes look like used bars of soap.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like those pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
-- Big Al in IN