I made this thing out of a lump of elm I had left over from the top of a coffee table I made a short while back. I had been looking at it now and then trying to work out what to do with it, and then last week this design popped into my head pretty much fully-formed. Isn’t it great when that happens?
The drawers are sycamore left over from the same project, a lovely wood to work with and the most twisted board I’ve ever used (probably 45deg over 6ft).
All joinery techniques can be found in Mr Sellers’ videos, to whom I owe a great debt in skill and confidence.
Thanks for your comments guys.
I used an electric router to roughly round over the inside with everything dry-assembled, then did the outside with a plane, then took everything apart to tidy up the router’s mess with a plane on the long sides and careful chisel work on the short sides. Once everything was glued up it needed a little fine-tuning with the chisel, and then a little sanding.
Everything else was hand work. I could have done away with the router if I’d mitred the front edge, but didn’t feel up to it yet, too much pressure on such a nice piece of wood.
@weslee, the back is a 1/4″ panel, rebated to fit into a 1/8″ groove, so yes the same principle as the tool chest lid. If it ever sits on a desk with people on either side someone’s going to end up looking at the back, so it had to look presentable. I didn’t get the gap quite perfect, you can see it opens up a little towards the left, but it’s okay.
Thanks again to all those who have taken the time to say nice things about my box.
Hello Brett. I could have I suppose, but I didn’t have any more elm so would have had to use a different wood for the back, which is not meant to be hidden: that’s the crunch reason. Aside from that, I think the “plainer” cuts of wood work better with the simple design, the colour of the sycamore matches the elm sapwood almost perfectly, and the back needs the interest of the wild grain whereas the front has enough going on to stand on its own.
That Abe Lincoln quote always makes me laugh. The principle is sound of course, but if it takes him 6 hours to fell a tree, I’m employing someone else!
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