If you have already seen this elsewhere, please ignore. Thanks for looking! ---------- Al
This project started as a prototype for another project. Long story short: I was contacted by Leigh Industries to ask if I would be interested in having photos of this little box displayed in their Inlaid Dovetails Gallery (NOTE: That is a link to their web site). I agreed, and you can now view it there . I am glad that it turned out this way - I thank LOML, who helped tremendously with the final look and feel of this prototype. I will be using the end-on-end dovetail ideas for a much larger box project, to be done when I finish the current WIP, the changing bed/chest-of-drawers for our daughter.
Now on to this prototype box -----
The design developed as I went, in close consultation with LOML. She made suggestions that improved the overall appearance a whole bunch!
The main idea was to play the thin inlay color against the much larger bow ties, and have both play against the base. I believe we achieved the objective. However, I put it up here for this tough audience. Please feel free to comment.
This little treasure box went to a very special client in New York City: My favorite aunt. It was stuffed with chocolates and other special goodies for Christmas.
It is made of plain-sawn sycamore, with walnut for the base and all the inlays. Both trees came from our property. There is some evidence of quarter-sawn sycamore on some of the boards - I wish I had had all of QS for this little box.
The finishing schedule was as follows, using Target Coatings' waterborne materials - only wax was applied to the inside walls:
1. HSF5100 grain filler, to ensure a smooth surface on the walnut. Two applications.
2. Two coats of blonde shellac (Oxford UltraSeal-WB)
3. Six coats of lacquer (Oxford Ultima Spray Lacquer)
4. Renaissance wax (next week)
The Brusso hardware consists of two 10-mm barrel hinges, and one 1/2-inch lid stay mortised into the left-hand side of the box.
I applied Renaissance wax to finish the finish.
Thanks for looking! ------------ Al
First, the headliner - bow ties & dovetails:
Inlaid dovetails - walnut accents:
View from the back:
Lid stay and one of two barrel hinges: