I was doing a little research on spice boxes and came across a lot of information the boxes were used for storing valuable jewelry, pieces of lace as well as yes, spices. In 1875 some spices could cost as much as 4 days wages (a way of establishing value in those days) as you may have realized they were a luxury item made of high-quality wood and decorated with fine inlay. Considerable skill went into there design and construction. The intricate interiors and drawers employed false bottoms or false backs that conceal secret compartments as well as a spring latches, sometimes called a ”Quaker lock” that would allow the back to slide down to expose a dead space to hide documents or letters that the owner did not want anyone to see. Even moldings would contain secret drawers.
Well I found a set of plans online and bought them but they turned out to be less than useful so I took the concept and decided to redraw the plans and if that turned out ok I would attempt to build the project.
Here is how far I have gotten in two weeks.
”Quaker lock” Thin splints of wood nailed or fitted and glued with animal protein glue into the bottoms of drawers that caught on the drawer divider and prevented the drawers from being pulled open. To release the drawers or spring latch, the wood splints had to be pushed up or in from below through openings left in the drawer dividers.
I also have a question? I am using animal protein glue to assemble the entire project but I want to dye the tiger maple first (a number of times to get the right tones).Will I be able to glue it together successfully without having the glue compromise the dye and vise a versa?
Tiger Maple I am using
Laying out the case
Basic case construction with dove tails.
Cutting the 3/16” X 1/16” dados by hand.
Case with false bottom and top
My Sketchup design.
Fitting the draw dividers.
Full case and dividers all dry fit and read to sand and dye.
Divider dry fit.
-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/