I’ve been commissioned to create a custom keepsake box to be used as part of a wedding ceremony which has to incorporate a piece of green Irish Connemara marble. The client sent me a 12”x 12” piece of marble floor tile which I had to have cut into the appropriate sizes to be used for the sides and top of the box.
Photo of 12” x 12” Connemara Marble tile (color is greener than this pic)
I sent the client some pics of different woods and he decided to go with Fishtail oak mostly because of the color but I thought the grain patterns would compliment the texture of the marble too.
The biggest challenge was deciding how to build the box to show the sides and top pieces of marble but make it sturdy enough to hold the weight of the marble (8 lbs) and not be seen on the inside of the box. So after doing a little R&D I came up with a design which will be sturdy enough. I began by sizing the pieces for the fishtail oak frame segments to 1” square. Next I cut the pieces for the frames a couple of inches longer than needed and using a stop block on the miter saw cut double 45’s on one end of each piece.
The pieces of tile are 3/8” thick so using a 1/2” straight router bit on the router table I made slots 3/16” deep to accommodate the tile plus the wood backer on the inside of the box.
I had the tile cut so that I had 2—4”x4” pieces and 2—4” x 8” pieces for the sides of the box so after doing the grooves on the frame sections I was able to cut the frame sections to the proper lengths again using a stop block on the miter saw.
To be continued
-- Mike --www.midlothianwoodworks.com