|Project by RogerBean||posted 02-09-2014 03:27 PM||3894 views||22 times favorited||50 comments|
This box will hold writing supplies, paper, envelopes, and perhaps a few pens and other writing materials. After the last curved lid, shaped front box, this one returns to a straightforward rectangular shape at 13 1/8×8 3/4×4 1/4”. Like most of my boxes it’s pretty traditional in appearance. I’m still searching for that timeless look.
The substrate is Baltic birch ply, veneered with pepperwood burl (also known, I understand, as Oregon myrtle or California laurel.) The edging is boxwood, bordered with a black-black/white/black line. The lid is a four-way book-match; the sides are a two-way match. The exterior lift is African blackwood. The underside of the lid is veneered in pepperwood, with an added accent banding of Asian satinwood. The box bottom, and tray bottom, are veneered in cherry to complement the general color of the rest of the box.
The hinges are smartHinges from Andrew Crawford, complemented by a full mortise lock. The tray, tray pedestals, and interior partitions are canarywood, as are the partitions that keep the little Jacaranda box in place. The interior surfaces are lined with chocolate brown pig suede leather. The Jacaranda box interior is also pepper wood, and the lift is turned from ebonite (a high end fountain pen material) with a betel nut inlay. The finish is French polish.
Fixing problems: This veneer, while beautiful, was riddled with defects. I chose to use it, despite the challenges, and saw the opportunity to test various methods of filling and repairing all the holes and flaws. There were over 200 holes and defects (yes, 200!) in the box surface! One hole was larger than a nickel. I decided if it didn’t work out, I could always strip off this veneer and redo it in something else. Actually, it turned out to be a valuable experiment. I learned a lot I didn’t know about repairing defects with the materials commonly available.
I always try to fix the defects I find (or create) so I used this opportunity to test out several different fillers and ways to use them. Also, re-creating the grain patterns trying to create virtually invisible repairs. I think most will agree that it’s possible to make repairs that will satisfy even the most demanding observer. It’s harder to actually do it. You can judge the result.
I don’t like letting mistakes or defects pass. Not that I’ve never done it (…but I don’t respect myself in the morning.) When all is said and done, we’re remembered by what we do, not what we intended to do. I’m not saying the box is perfect …they never are, but perfection is always worth trying for. LOL
In any event, this is the result.
BTW: Sincere thanks to all who downloaded my e-book on the Walnut Fountain Pen Box. I hope you found it helpful. I’ve done another (vol 2) for this project. All the steps in making the pepperwood box are included, plus a complete section on the repair of defects, including several test panels. It’s quite different from the first book. It is 119 pages and loaded with photos. Lots of new stuff in this one. This one(vol. 2) is also available at www.smartboxmaker.com under “downloads”..
I have more projects on the bench …I’ll finish the humidor next, I think. I’m always happy to hear your comments, suggestions, or questions.
Many thanks for taking a look.
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)