Storage Box for Hanging Scroll

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Project by Eeyore posted 04-27-2021 03:30 PM 648 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a long, narrow box for storing a rolled-up hanging scroll. I traced the artwork and colored it with watercolors, then did my best to mount it on fabric as a kakejiku scroll. It’s pretty awful, but I did not want it to get any worse off if I tried to take it someplace without a box. So, a box.

Most of the box is some 1/4” poplar I probably bought at the big box store years ago. I did any rip cutting on the band saw, but a lot of the cutting to length was done by hand. The top of the lid is actually 3/4” poplar with a rabbetted edge. I did the rabbetting by hand, because I was being subject to peer pressure. The thicker piece give the lid a little more heft, and gives the whole box a better feeling of solidity.

The joinery (aside from the rabbetted lid) is simple butt joinery with yellow glue and some 23-gauge pins from the gun. I use the Ryobi 18V gun, which I have not found to be 100% reliable, but I did not want to buy a compressor and a separate gun, and I had a gift card.

The finish is an unknown number of coats of garnet shellac with black “Transtint” dye mixed into it to achieve that deep mahogany color. I was hoping this would come out more black than mahogany, but the deep burgundy is nice anyway.

Here’s the scroll:

It is a portrait of the great poet Hitomaro.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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#1 posted 04-28-2021 01:29 AM

Very nice work on the box! It should protect the scroll very well!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-28-2021 05:12 AM

It’s beautiful. Wonderful job.

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