Archive for June, 2012

Nadia’s box

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Among the various projects I’ve been working on over the last year or so, one of the two that turned out really well was a little box that I made as a gift for the daughter of some friends. I had the general idea for it when visiting them, and figured that they therefore provided a good excuse to make it.

As noted previously, I find boxes and containers fascinating. While I do not yet have the ability to make really intricate puzzle boxes or the like, I do have access to a Rockler, and hence showy wood. If everyone looks at the grain pattern, my reasoning goes, they won’t be looking at the mistakes. Also, exotic wood is interesting to work with; the incomparable moment when you seal it and it “pops” is satisfying.

Anyhow, this is made from paduak:

Unlike some other woods that I have worked with, notably some rough-cut lacewood veneer, paduak is a joy to work with; it behaves like oak, while looking like sunlight in a redhead’s tresses (or something like that). It isn’t much of a puzzle how to open the box, but it isn’t immediately obvious, either:

The brass rod is threaded into one of the blocks of maple on the side. When it is pulled out, the top can be pulled forward with the finger tab on top. There’s enough friction in the works to keep the rod seated in normal circumstances.

I’m glad it turned out well, and glad that it was well-received by the recipient. Making it was useful therapy of an evening after work and classes.