Redwood and walnut box #8

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-16-2020 10:24 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sixth 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 and walnut box #8
  • 7.5×7.5×4.5 inches
  • Box joints with a skip pattern
  • Four-way book matched burl top
  • Walnut trim, splayed feet and sculpted hinges
  • Removable tray may be oriented to slide side to side or front to back
  • Brass knob and clocked, sculpted hinge screws
  • Tiffany Blue linen lined ceiling and floor
  • Ribbon lock

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

Pictures and comments during making of the lip/rails and trays:

My objective was to mount the trays as high in the box as possible to preserve space in the main room. This was complicated by available stock (I’ve almost run out of everything at this point) and the need to match requirements for 1/4 inch box joints. I decided on leaving 1/8” above the tray inside the box and designed the lip/rail to meet my needs.

I CA glued a lip around the inside of the bottom portion of the box then measured for trays. Mostly I cut the lip trim with a ledge for a tray to ride but for the walnut ones I decided the tray should have long pins to ride atop the lip.

Some of the resaw scrap was aproximately 1/8 inch and fit for tray floors; Otherwise, I milled 3/16 inch floor panels and tray sides then 1/4 inch box joints at the Incra router table with a newly purchased Rockler clamp to help hold the very small pieces:

Trimmed the long sides 1/8 inch shorter to accommodate the floor being glued on the long rails and in between the two ends. A few had to have floors surface mounted to the frame.

The walnut trays need one of the box joint pins left long and they will ride the top of the lip.

A stack of trays with oversized floors, then trimmed flush at the router table:

On some of them, I left a few bandsaw marks on the tray bottom, for grip and character ;)

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 01-16-2020 10:38 PM

I’ve been following along, and you are going to have a lot of folks looking to buy some redwood. Beautiful bookmarks all.

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#2 posted 01-16-2020 11:45 PM

Beautiful book matched top. All of them are real winners.

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#3 posted 01-17-2020 02:14 AM

Great looking box. That top is amazing…. the beauty of certain pieces of wood never cease to amaze me.

-- Galootish log blog,

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