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    Project designed around one board

    As the title says this little project was designed around a figured cherry board. Recently reorganized my lumber shed and came across this piece I have been saving (hoarding) for quite a while. My goal was a piece that was visibly well joined with concisely fitted lid and well finished. Because the lid is confined in the case I was concerned about wood movement across the width of the lid. I dealt with this by cutting a small lap joint in the top so as to isolate any movement to that joint. Wooden battens would have been a bit clunky so I made the 3/16” thick brass battens to hold the top flat. I also made the lid stay clamps from brass as well and applied a patina’d finish to match the hinges. In summary it’s a hand dovetailed pine box with a figured cherry lid. Bottom is lined with rust red leather.

    This little project was particularly satisfying given the tools used were either made by myself or someone I know. It’s nice to pick up a tool and automatically put a face to its origins.

    Ron



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    Very cool. I like the use of brass.

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    Beautifully done Ron.

    Stew

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    Very nice Ron.

    jtk
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    Nice work, Ron. What are the dimensions of the box?

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    8 x 14 1/4”

    Ron

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    I like the use of contrast that highlights the figured cherry. Very nice.

    Michael

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    Exquisite!

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    Beautifully hoarded piece of cherry given a proper home. I can only imagine making things with tools I made. Special indeed.

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    Beautiful!

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    Came out really nice Ron. You did a fantastic job on the joinery, and the contrast adds a lot to the box.

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    Thanks to all for the kind words about this project. I’m onto another small case piece in genuine mahogany. Time will tell how that turns out.

    Ron

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