I have had several requests for a blog on the construction of my Chart Box but I don’t really think that I did much that isn’t already well covered in my other blogs. So any of you who are curious about marquetry in general, please check out my LJ blogs. There is however one sort of new thing in the chart box …...... and that’s the catch.
OK, Here’s the catch.
The catch I used on my recently posted Chart Box was derived from the one I used last year on my Picnic / Art Box but it is much cleaner and has a minimum negative effect on the marquetry on the front panel of the box.
The hook is essentially the same and although it looks fragile, made of a very strong wood like Osage Orange it is not. This series of photos is really no more than a shameless show off of a few of the stellar attributes of the Miter Jack. The longer you have one of these the more you wonder how you lived without one. ..... not just for planing miters.
The next few (still showing off the MJ) show the catch shelf being cut in my prototype piece.
This one shows the prototype button (made up of pieces) and the stepped hole. The through hole is 1/2”, the next is 3/4” and the last is 1”.
Here the button is in place with its flange resting in the 3/4” recess.
... and here the keepers are in place in the 1” hole. They will prevent the button from rotating out of position as well as retaining it in its place.
The hook is glued into a recess in the upper lid.
Here is the prototype in my box simulating jig.
That’s just about all there is to it but since I have the photos, here is a run through on the real box. You will notice a piece of veneer to strengthen the ramp that the hook slides in on. The substrate is poplar and I thought it would wear. The new button is lathe turned and the ramp is cut on it after turning.
The veneer piece is in place and the button is in its recess.
The keepers are in.
An alignment check to make sure the button goes far enough in to push the hook clear of the shelf. It doesn’t because I added the veneer …
... so, as intended, I added a bit of the same veneer to the end of the button.
... And that really is it. I like it a lot because it provides a secure closure, involves no metal and intrudes very little on the marquetry motif on the front.
Thanks for looking in
-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/