It's always exciting to me to design a project tailor made for somebody who's asked for it. When I know some of the story behind the projects purpose it adds much more meaning to it. I received a convo from my Etsy store site regarding a custom box. We discussed a few options and I directed them to pictures of boxes I thought might be good examples. One that really fit the bill was the series I'd titled Contour Lines. You see, this was to be a cremation box for a very special pet, look at this beautiful dog!
|The Box to Be|
|Ready for Re-Sawing|
|Jet's Pivot Point|
When doing one or two boards I find it's easy enough to guide it against a pivot point like the one that attaches to the fence of my bandsaw. If my cut is pretty accurate it will yield two boards that are 5/16" thick which is sufficient for a decorative box used for jewelry or other small keepsakes.
The next step is to cut the pieces to size. For this I prefer to use a sliding sled on the tablesaw. The only way to ensure a square box is to make certain that the two opposing pieces are exactly the same size. A feature of a custom box is that the grain of the wood flows around the edges and follows the natural grain of the board. Here's my technique.
|Cutting Box Sides|
|Preparing the Sides|
Here are the pieces for the Koda box being planed prior to assembly. The very thing that makes the wood look so beautiful is the same thing that makes it difficult to work. A very small throat opening and a freshly sharpened blade were required with the smooth plane -- love those fine shavings! The figure in the wood is caused by the grain being either interlocked or reversing back on itself.
At the same time, here are the sections for the other two boxes. See how the grain will be continuous all the way around the box when it's glued together? The Koda box is clamped together so that I can cut the dado for the bottom. Once the surface has been prepared by planing I use tape to identify which piece goes where and also which way is up.
|Getting Close to Assembly|
|Glued Up & Waiting|