Redwood, soft maple and elm box # 6

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-14-2020 09:24 PM 1069 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My fourth post in a series of nine box art projects using reclaimed redwood. Each posting features a unique box in the main pictures and a narrative focused on a different step in the process. Sometimes including photos from parts of other projects in the series; click on “my next or previous project” to read the whole series.

Redwood, soft maple and elm box # 6
  • 6×9 x 4.25 inches
  • Box joints with a skip pattern
  • Four-way book matched burl top
  • Soft maple trim, splayed feet and hinges
  • Sliding, removable tray
  • Brass knob and clocked, sculpted hinge screws
  • Ribbon lock in dark purple

Reclaimed Redwood, a gift from my sister, plus soft maple trim and Redwood burl purchased from Rare Woods & Veneers – Carlton McLendon, Inc.

Pictures and comments during making of the splayed feet:
Objective: a bit of Mid Century modern look and enough room under the box to easily pick it up.

Cut 1/2 inch square pieces:

Using a quarter round bit and stop blocks at the router table, I formed dowels in the center section of the square stock by rotating 90 degrees on each pass (safety first):

Cross cut at 25 degrees and 3/4” long:

Built a fixture for the drill press to hold pieces at compound angle 25 degrees and 45 degrees:

Drilled 1/2 inch holes into corner of would be mounting blocks, 3/16 inch thick, using a protective piece of scrap above and below to accomplish clean holes:

Cut the mounting blocks to size, rounded over the edges that would show and dry fitted to each box:

Tuned the fit on sanding board, glued them into the mounting blocks with CA glue:

Signed and tied up with a bow:

Thanks for reading my post. The main pictures in full resolution are also posted at Comments or questions are welcome. I’ll post the next one in a day or so…

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 09:33 PM

I like them all so far, but I like this one more so. Well done. Great explanation of your process. Good looking tools too

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 02:13 PM

Very nice box. I like how you did the feet, I have a box now that i may try that on.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#3 posted 01-15-2020 02:49 PM

Nice hinges!

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