Oriental Cherry & Walnut Box.

I made a 300 mm x 160 mm x 110 mm box out of 16 mm thick Cherry for a gift.  I used through dovetails for the box.  The lid was 11 mm re-sawn book matched Walnut.  The lid design evolved on it’s own to become rather Oriental in looks.  It’s the first time I’ve worked with Walnut, and I really enjoyed planing and chiselling it as well as the beauty of the grain.

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Up to this point my sawing wasn’t progressing as I’m mixed dominant (right hand left eye), but after reading Jeff Miller’s’ “The Foundations of Better Woodworking,” I improved. Basically I twist my body to the left while holding the saw in my right hand.  This gives my dominant left eye a better line of sight.

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The bottom was grooved to fit a hardboard base which was covered with a leather-type paper used by bookbinders.

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The lid seats in side the box so I made a template out of hardboard first, which was then used as the base for the leather-type paper.  Two Walnut strips were stuck onto the top of the lid to prevent it from falling in.

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I added a longitudinal piece to act as a handle and finished it with Danish oil & wax. The long side has allowance for seasonal wood movement and the two cross pieces are only glued in the central area for this same reason.

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