I was a bit worried about this one. It was one of those kinds of projects that seem to drag on forever. In fact, I started it 51 weeks ago. I suppose there always seems to be something more important to work on, like a new project.
|Finished Jewelry Box|
I thought it was a good looking box, and I wanted to see how much harder this box would be with a hand tool-only approach. Especially in my mini-shop that doesn't have all the workholding of my regular hand tool shop.
Part of the problem was talking The Frau into this design. She often responds with something I'm excited about building with a negative reaction about it's aesthetics. She didn't like the feet it sat on, and she really didn't like the handle that sat on top of the lid.
I tried to talk her into some alternatives, but finally decided to leave these elements out. (Today, she admitted that it might look nicer if it was elevated a little. I might have to put some feet on it after all.)
I think I avoided writing about this project here on Toolerable, because in the back of my mind my subconscious must have known that this is the kind of project I might not finish quickly. If at all.
The wood for this box was salvaged from a local dumpster. I wound up with more than 400 linear feet of paneling that someone ripped out of their old Spanish apartment. I was surprised to see that this smooth, white paneling was solid wood, and had a nice reddish color. I got some up the elevator to my 10th floor apartment, and discovered it is very fine ribbon sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum, I think).
I have no idea what I'm going to do with all this Golden Dumpster Wood. I think I probably have about 390 feet left.
|Entandrophragma cylindricum, ribbon sapeli from the dumpster.|
The lid was originally going to get a mirror, and I was going to leave the paint showing on the inside of the box. All that changed, by the way.
Now I'm ready for the joinery. I found out why you don't often see finger joints in hand built furniture. They are very difficult to get just right with hand tools. Dovetails are WAYYYY easier. Next time I make one of these, it will be with dovetail joints rather than finger joints.
|Cutting the finger joints by hand. It's surprisingly fiddly. A table saw would make this joint much easier.|
|Drawer slips to secure the bottom.|
|It was weird, but I needed to finish the dividers before gluing up the carcass.|
|It's frustrating when a panel comes apart after the joints are cut.|
In the meantime, I had all this cool snakeskin that I was going to use for that. Instead of lining the bottom, I lined the sides and used snakeskin to cover up the white sides of the box interior.
|Applying snakeskin to the inside.|
I finally settled on laminating two strips of sapeli together (why not? It's not like I'll run out during my lifetime!), having routed out the mortises from each half.
|One is deeper than the other on purpose.|
|Grrr! At least I made it a bit oversize.|
|Cutting to length. It would have really sucked if I screwed this up.|
|An easy 51 week project.|
|Snakes and alligators, oh my!|