# Boxguy Cuts Some Corners

 Project by Boxguy posted 01-08-2016 06:35 AM 2938 views 6 times favorited 35 comments

Thanks, as always. I deeply appreciate all of you who have taken time to look at this project. I do take time to reply to those who “have your say” on this and other projects. Your comments and critiques are always appreciated and make posting projects fun for me to do.

Pictured is a jewelry box (9 1/2” L, 6 3/4” W, 5” H ). The top, bottom, and splines are Louro Preto from Brazil. The sides are Hard Maple from Maine. The sides of the tray are Curly Maple from Kentucky with Black Walnut splines from Indiana. The bottom of the tray is figured Anegre from Ghana, Africa. The dividers are made from a wooden Venetian blind from Goodwill.

Story: So I woke up one day last week thinking about building boxes and began to remember some things from my tenth grade geometry class of some 52 years ago. Of course the first thing I remembered was the cute girl that sat in front of me in that class. Then I started thinking of symmetrical shapes for boxes. This box shape is symmetrical three ways. You can draw a straight line from three different corners and have the same shape on the both sides of the line. Then I figured out that as long as the opposed sides matched in length and angles I could make a box in lots of shapes. Stars, hexagons, octagons, all sorts of weird shapes began to dance about in my mind, but I got up and drew this shape and began to make some parts longer and some shorter.

I had this scrap of Louro Preto that wanted to be a box, so it began to size the box to fit that scrap of wood. I grabbed a calculator and began figuring out the square root of the sum of the squares of the two sides and I soon had the dimensions I needed to use up the scrap I had. Boy, are calculators a better deal than slide rules and tables. The sides wanted to be 4 3/4, 6, 3 1/4 and so they are and so it is.

Technical Details: This box is symmetrical. The opposing sides are the same size with the same angles. When you are laying out this box, it is difficult to get all the angles correct. I found that marking the board ends with blue and red chalk helped. I cut the blue ends with a 45 degree angle and the red ends with 22 1/2 degree angle

The biggest challenge on this project was crafting the tray. It has to have the proper shape and the proper size to fit inside the box. There are lots of things to keep track of when you are working with this many small pieces and this many odd angles.

One of the tough decisions on this box was deciding where to put the finger lift. If I position the lift in center of the whole lid, like this picture shows it, the lid balances well on your finger, but if I had moved the lift to the left a bit and centered it on that particular side of the box, it may have looked better.

Guess I’ll drift back to sleep. I never know what box I’ll dream up tonight…could be interesting. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN