I ventured into making a little box with a different kind of lid. This was a first attempt at making bridle joints for a teeny lid. Cutting them tests ones patience :). I had to use my little gents saw. My tenon saw was too coarse when trying to shave off those little cuts.
I built it as a sort of test box because I am going to build a similar one out of cherry. After looking at it I’d like to maybe make it a bit bigger and build a little tray for inside.
Nice work and nice design Dave. Joinery looks very good. Does the lid lift off or does it hinge? Did you consider flushing the lid up with the sides? Or maybe add and edge detail to the ends of the lid? I have had a lot or issues in the past with exposed hard edges chipping off with use over time. So now I do as much as I can to never have an exposed hard edge/corner.
I look forward to seeing it in cherry. Should be very nice.
Frank, I pretty much use a Danish oil and beeswax finish on all my projects unless I’m going to paint.
Greg, I’m still evaluating the look of the box. I think I will build another out of pine first to a bigger size, this one is only 10 x 6 x 4 high. Since it’s intended to be used as a sort of collectible box for a dresser top, I think the lid will be fine but I’ll make the lid more inset next time. I will chamfer the edges a bit more on this one. The lid is hinged or will be once I finish.
I think next I will try to use a piece of brass rod inset into the back to act as a hinge on this and instead of the front knob go with the side ones I did on my first one.
I’ve got a lot of little pieces of pine laying about, these little boxes are great for using them up!
I like the flush lid Dave. The brass rod as a hinge will be a nice touch as well. The side knobs will really enhance the sleek look you have going. Have you thought about adding a small scallop to the sides below where the side knobs will rest? (like on the pencil box lid). That way a finger slid up the side of the box will easily snag the knob.
You’ve got a nice design coming together Dave.
Greg, thanks, yes I have thought about the little scallop for a finger, but I think I will try a more angular approach and use a wedged shaped cut using a saw and smoothing it out with a scraper. I may have to make up a finger button prototype thingy just to look at it 🙂
Last one is done. The pinned hinge idea worked but because you have to round over the rear part of the lid to make it rotate it makes for a odd looking lid, thIs would work with a design that incorporated round features. It works but it’s a good thing I tried this out on some scrap before using this on a box using hardwoods.
I also tried a different sort of dovetail layout, larger at the bottom. I still have some scrap shorts of pine and will try something new with the dovetails on my next box.
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