Dano's PBR (Power Boat, River) Box
Wenge with Maple, Mahogany, Cherry, and Wenge inlay
I made this box for my Sister's friend Dano for his 55th
birthday. He's a vietnam veteran and was with
a PBR company back in 67-68, so I thought this box would make
a nice gift. The box itself is made from 1/4" Wenge,
which is a coarse grained very dark wood from Africa.
I chose to use an inset of Maple as a backdrop so
that I could have the boat be dark-on-light instead of
the other way aound. This technique also made construction
easier as I was able to cut-out the maple with the scroll
saw rather than having to route it out with the dremel
(the background and all inlays are 1/8" thick).
Once the lighter background was
established, I then used the Wenge for the boat
itself, and Cherry and Mahogany for the water
and the strip on the boat. The pattern was derived from
a logo on a PBR company's website using Paintshop.
The construction was similar to the
with mitred corners, and a "deep" top, but the top was constructed
differently, and this box has no drawers. To finish it off I added
some nice brass hardware from
Rockler, oiled it,
lined it with felt, and was done just in time to drive
out to Tucson and surprise Dano for his birthday.
Dano was, I think, very pleased with the box and I
sure enjoyed making it !