Sometimes as we work by ourselves, enjoying the solitude of the shop and becoming completely immersed in what we're doing you get the urge to share your work. This is not an ego thing or being a braggart; it's just that you're really pleased with how something you envisioned in your mind actually turned out. That's this box here, it's a take on the slanted dovetail series but the sides are inverted. Here's the first peek at it:
|Called the BowTie Box|
The best way to take care of that was with a card scraper. It was a bit tricky drawing the scraper without messing up the intersection of the two angled cuts. Here's a close up taken during that process. I'll need to burnish the scraper after this but for the most part I created a lot of nice curls.
|Working on the Sides|
Next up was to figure out how to lay out the dovetails to really make this box unique. The contrasting wood used in this box is Brazilian Satinwood and it really is quite a contrast to the Walnut! To figure out a pleasing tail lay out an off-cut was traced on a piece of graph paper and then I played around with a couple of different lay outs. Once that was done it's time to cut the tails. I generally cut both sides at the same time.
After the tails were cut, chiseled, and squared it was time to transfer them to the side pieces.
|Chalk Enhanced Lines|
|Chiseling the Pins|
As that was drying I worked on the lid for this box. I've mentioned that many times the amount of wood I have will determine how it's used. In this instance I had one small piece of the Brazilian Satinwood left. It was hot glued onto two pieces of walnut to create a "sandwich", then that was cut on the bandsaw and reassembled so it looked like this:
|Completed Bow Tie Lid|
|Tools for Surfacing|
At this point, the rabbets have been cut into the lid, the bottom has been glued in to place, and all that's left is the final smoothing and finish. That will have to wait until tomorrow morning, the humidity is up again and my perspiration is causing the wood to swell, after all; it is the monsoon season.