|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 11-21-2010 07:10 PM||5066 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-21-2010 07:10 PM
A while back we came across some old wooden (cigar??) boxes. The only marking is a large X on the two sides. What caught my interest was the flip up metal strap used to secure the lid. I thought they were a little different and wanted to make a few. All the material is 3/8” solid wood except the lid. The sides are joined using a standard box joint. The solid wood bottom is screwed on (end grain exposed) with small wood screws and the hinges are on the back and not mortised in. The wood differs throughout, some soft edge joined to hard to make one side. There are no gaps and you really have to look close to see the joint line. What has really intrigued me is the lid and is the reason for the post. It consists of three laminated 1/8” layers with the center being a darker wood.
How this lid was assembled is what seems so different to me and I hope I can describe it. A 3/8 strip was used in the rear where the hinge attaches. I am guessing a spline groove was cut into the edge which the center layer of dark wood was inserted, but on the two ends the center layer center layer goes all the way through, like a through mortise design, about one inch wide. Then two 1/8” pieces matching the back piece and the rest of the box are laminated on top and bottom of the center dark wood. Except for the front of the top piece which is narrower thus leaving an 1/8” rabbit where the metal strap swings into to secure the lid. What amazes me is parts of the box are quite complicated using some interesting woodworking techniques and then it looks like it was assembled quickly without detail. The edge joining is flawless making the joint almost invisible. It looks to be fairly old and because the guy selling them had few I am guessing they were cigar boxes.
Has anyone ever seen this type of lamination to make a lid? It makes a lot of sense especially since the hinges are screwed into the edge so they go into a solid piece rather than a layer. I have never seen this before and was quite impressed that it would be used in what could have been mass produced item that really may have only been a package for something else.
I am not sure how well I have described the technique but I plan on trying to duplicate it as it really impressed me. Or you are all going to tell me this is commonplace and I just need to get out more.
-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."