|Project by Al||posted 12-31-2013 03:57 PM||727 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This is my first box. It is a jewel box for my wife and has two trays that sit on a ledge inside it or indeed be removed if larger items like watches are put in.
The woods include Walnut (top and bottom edging), Cherry (splines), Ash (ledge), Oak and a couple that I don’t know.
The top main piece is a piece of scrap 2×2 that when I planed looked interesting so I joined 4 together to make an interesting pattern. What it is is a mystery to me. Any guesses?
The main body is also an unknown wood, it feels and works like walnut but is a light brown almost pinky wood with little pattern to it. The bottom and secret compartment cover are also of the same strange wood as the top, just from different pieces. A mate brings me 2×2 pieces of it which until now I have only used for turning.
The trays have small single hand cut dovetails, also a first for me. The quadrant hinges are also new to me and were a pain in the a%$£ as it was guesswork where the hole for the arcs needed to be. The top inside I have left with a recess that will accept a picture if she wants and then be held in with thin acrylic and springy thin cherry laths that slide into the recesses to complete the frame look.
The finish is a couple of rubbed on coats of shellack and then polished.
The wife loves it and especially the jewellery that I put in it the silver anniversary it was made for, silver earrings!
Any comments or questions welcome. Al
-- I am an insomniac, but I don't lose sleep over it!