Chechen and Sycamore Box with Gilded Sycamore Knob

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Project by Izzy68 posted 08-02-2014 07:26 PM 1498 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second box I’ve made and I’ve had the same problems with both of them. While I like the design a lot, I had some trouble with the hinges. As a result, the lid is on a little cock-eyed. I’m sure I can fix it, but I haven’t had time yet. The woods went together very nicely, though. The knob was an afterthought. I was waiting for some Brusso knobs to come in the mail and I decided that I wanted to finish the box, anyway (I’m more than a little impatient). So I turned the knob, gilded the middle section, and attached it to the box with a single brass pin (3/16”) roughed up and epoxied into both. I finished the box with a low gloss oil/varnish and the knob with wax while still on the lathe.

The main problem I have is with the tops and bottoms. I don’t have my router table available right now and I’ve been making the rabbets on the table saw. Unfortunately, I end up sneaking up on what I need until I’ve finally gone too far. I need to spend a little more time in the planning phase of things and make sure I’m measuring and marking better. As with most projects, I just jumped into this one. I’ve got pretty severe ADD (no joke), so this is what I struggle with most (planning before cutting… measuring twice/cutting once). That’s why most of my projects have been on the lathe or scroll saw up until now! Instant gratification and very forgiving.

-- Jimmy

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 10:47 PM

Very nice and that quarter=sawn sycamore is fantastic. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 03:27 AM

Izzy, this is nice work. I see that you have mastered techniques in corner splines, 45ing corners, cutting the top, insetting the top and bottom, finish, and have chosen beautiful woods that work well together. While I really like your lift handle, it seems to overshadow the wood and the nicely made box. Have you considered using a lift like this? Or some variation of this idea.

You also spent a lot of money on hinges. If you are not using a vix bit to drill your holes you will never be able to get your hinges aligned. That is included in the blog entry below. Perhaps the solution is as simple as not applying a finish until after installing hinges so you can simply sand the sides to match after the hinges are on, and then final sand and apply your finish.

For me, a router poked through a board is the best way to mortise hinges. I use piano hinges since they are much stronger, cheaper, and give the lid better support. My hinge technique is detailed here.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 06:15 PM

Sweet box, I really dig your custom handle it works for me, that is for sure

not to contradict big Al its just what I like with your box, I have done the same technique in cabinets that Big Al shows its so clean and easy. but again I love your handle LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 07:05 PM

Al, thanks for the tips, I appreciate them. I can use all the help I can get and I leave my ego elsewhere! After finishing I smacked myself in the head and wondered why I didn’t use a router and vix bit for the hinges. My ADD gets ahold of me and I tend to bluster ahead impatiently. I also like that style of pull. I’ll give it a go on the next try. Thanks again.


-- Jimmy

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 07:06 PM

Thanks jay and mcoy!

-- Jimmy

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