Another box for a silent auction at a local churchIf you have been following this blog, you already know that Sandy made a box on the band saw. She will donate her box to a local church, which will hold a silent auction in a few weeks. Of course, the box will go to the highest bidder.Now it is my turn – how can I NOT donate something for this local auction? No way. I HAD to also make something! Doing this makes me feel good, as all donations will go to a worthwhile charity cause. The short version of the story: I made this little box from one board, using quarter sawn sycamore and inlaid walnut dovetails. The base is also walnut. The board I selected had some truly nice grain; I decided to resaw a 1/4-inch thick piece to use as a captured bottom for the box, and use some with similar grain for the lid. The finish will be Waterlox – I will post an update when the finish has been applied, and the wonderful quarter sawn grain is much more obvious. This is the box as it stands today, sitting on the workbench; in other words, a work-in-progress (WIP). The dimensions are: 3 inches tall, 5 inches deep, 8 inches wide; the sides are just under 1/2-inch thick: Background – inlaid dovetails and bow ties: On a daily basis I frequent various woodworking forums, and learn a lot from them. I also try to contribute in whatever way I can. I use the Leigh D4 dovetail jig to make boxes with dovetail joinery. I love making boxes, and especially boxes with dovetails. The D4 comes with a terrific User Guide; and Technical Bulletins supplement and augment the information in the User Guide. The Leigh procedure to make inlaid dovetails and end-on-end dovetails can be found at their Customer Support page. In preparation for a much larger project, one day I was playing with a prototype with inlaid dovetails, and also with end-on-end dovetails. I wanted to get comfortable with the technique. Using walnut as the inlay, I developed what I came to call “bow ties”, as can be seen on the lid of this prototype box: I shared these photos in various forums , as I was excited with the results. Eventually, my wife and I decided to give this little box as a Christmas present to my aunt. As luck would have it, a person at Leigh Industries read my post at a major woodworking forum, and contacted me to request permission to post the photos at their Inlaid Dovetails Photo Gallery . At this link you can view the rest of the photo Gallery, and also the larger versions of these photos. Some time later, at another forum, I inquired whether some members might be interested in a tutorial on HOW to make the inlaid dovetails, and especially the end-on-dovetails. The answer was a resounding YES, there was quite a bit of interest. I will develop the photo tutorial in the near future, using the Leigh D4 dovetail jig. Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Al
I admit it: I am fascinated by boxes. And boxes made on the band saw are irresistible. Every box made on the band saw is different – different character, different bark pattern, different touch.
I love the raw beauty of a nice band saw box. I can stare at them, hold them, play with them, move the drawers in and out. I am drawn to them time and again, fascinated by their simplicity of construction, and the demanding sanding and attention to fine detail required to get them ready to apply some kind of protective coating.
My wife Sandy made the following box using the band saw; it is an oak burl jewelry box. She will be demonstrating how to make these boxes at a meeting of the our woodworking Guild next week.
The box, as you first see it:
And now you find out that this piece of burl wood has drawers:
But this box is also pretty special, for she is donating it to a local church, to be sold to the highest bidder in a silent auction.
The oak burl used to make this box was given to Sandy by one of our fellow woodworkers. Originally destined for the lathe, I am glad the burl became a box instead.
If you wish to get additional information on making boxes using a band saw, please leave a message and one of us will get back to you.
Thanks for looking!
Tool sharpening station almost finished – for woodturning gouges and chisels, and for hand plane blades
A few days ago I showed you this cabinet being sprayed in my home-designed-and-built spray booth
Edited on Saturday, September 29, 2007, to add the following:
I have had several questions about the dimensions of this cabinet. As a result, I include the following drawing, extracted from the design information. I did not include the countertop in this drawing, as your own design could use an inset top, for example. And, getting ahead of myself: I used a regular laminated countertop, as shown in subsequent photos, with sufficient overhang to allow clamping of “stuff”:
During construction, after installing the slides and checking for fit of the drawers:
I changed the drawer design, so this cabinet would match one I made several weeks ago. As a result, the drawers in the following photos will not look like the ones in the original design rendering above.
Today I had a chance to get close to completing assembly, including installing the counter top – is it obvious I did not do the edge treatment on the glazed door? I used a door edge treatment router bit to do the drawers, but forgot to do the door… I am tempted to just redo the door, as I don’t think that doing the edge at this point will provide good results. Also missing at this point, are the (adjustable) shelf that is still in the spray room and the drawer pulls.
This photo shows the new cabinet in place, near the lathe:
This is what I mean about the missing edge profile on the door: The door looks a little blah without the profile. Plus, I still need to plug some holes on the floor, as I got overzealous with the lag screws for the casters:
The top-right corner houses a fixed shelf; its front is a hinged door that swings open from the top:
Below you can see the old cart that the new cabinet replaced – an old typing stand. The ad-hoc sharpening station has the regular Wolverine sharpening jig installed under the grinder, and the Flat Tool Sharpening & Honing Jig sitting on the shelf below. Behind the grinder and hidden from view, are markers, a container with water to cool steel, in case the heat from grinding the steel tools becomes too uncomfortable:
All that remains at this point is to transfer the grinder and the jigs to the new cabinet, and start using the new arrangement. My customer will be very happy!
Of course, projects are always lined up, waiting to be done. The following is another old, old cabinet in dire need of replacement. It contains a nice number of woodturning chisel, chucks, and other assorted woodturning stuff:
The design for this one is not yet completed. I will start work on the replacement for this cabinet soon.
Thanks for looking. Until next time, I hope you had a great week, and wish you a great weekend!