Small Cherry and Maple Box

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Project by Shawn Herrington posted 12-01-2014 06:53 AM 2588 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have been ruminating over some ideas for small projects that would make good gifts. Additionally, I had never (until now) made small boxes (for jewelry, or displaying turned pens, etc.). This project and another box project are experiments in designs and techniques and also my first two small boxes.

The box is constructed with mitered and splined sides, a rabbeted bottom and a friction fit lid. It is comprised of Cherry sides (with continuous grain around 3 of the 4 corners), a Walnut bottom, Maples splines and a Maple lid.

The lid is made from a small off-cut that I re-sawed and attempted to book match (and glued onto a thin plywood substrate for stability and ease of construction). The glue-line on the lid was a little less than satisfactory, but I was able to disguise the gaps with a little bit of glue and some sawdust.

The box was finished with some boiled linseed oil to darken the colors and highlight the grain on the lid, then the whole thing was coated with spray lacquer for a quick and easy gloss.

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 06:55 AM

Good use of wood. I like the splined sides.

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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