|Project by JayG46||posted 12-24-2013 11:21 AM||2576 views||7 times favorited||16 comments|
This box was a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. It’s made out of some beautiful 5/4 quilted/blister/bubble maple that I resawed into 5/16” slices. The approximate dimensions are 12” x 8” x 6” high. My box maxing skills are starting to improve, mostly due to tips and techniques that I’m picking up from here, and this represents my best work to date.
A few details: – I used a small piece of leather for the catch that prevents the top from going too far back. I tried to experiment with a piece of wood with a slot cut into it, but the lower row of maple that the small tray slides across prevented that from working.
- The top for the pull was pretty straight forward, I rough cut it on the bandsaw, sanded it to final shape and mortised the area for it with a router. Just below that, there is a recess to ease access to the pull. I started that with a hand saw, chiseled and filed away most of the waste and sanded it smooth.
- I’ve got splines pretty much down at this point. I found a melamine/laminate blade that cuts flat grooves and last time I made a few boxes and I batched out a bunch of spline stock that fits that blade exactly in bloodwood, maple and ebony. My spline sled could use a little tuning up, but it works fine for now.
- The hinges were difficult for me and they still don’t line up dead perfect. Next time I think I will do my mortising, get everything perfectly aligned, then clamp, then install. I did not clamp this time and I think that was the issue.
Thanks to the fine box making extraordinaires who exhibit their work here for all of the tips, tricks and inspiration. And thanks for checking it out.
-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi