Poplar and Oak Pattern Boxes
Poplar and Oak, with Mahogany
After I had made the Diamond boxes, I decided
that I'd like to make boxes for some other people. So I made these boxes.
I used the same "laminate-inset" techinque that I like so much as I did with
The boy's boxes are 1/4" Oak on the outside and 1/4" Poplar on the inside.
The girl's boxes are the opposite.
On all the boxes, I used 1/4" Mahogany as the
third wood for the top pattern. I cut the geometric pieces and inset them into the top
after assembly, before cutting the top off.
It took a while to make all the trays and dividers. The boy's
have a tray with four dividers lined with black felt. The girl's
have a tray with six dividers, and the bottom is also divided into
four sections, all lined with red velvet. One thing I learned from
Fran's box, that I applied here, is that it's much better to cut and
insert the lining before the dividers.
Instead of stop hinges I used regular brass hinges and a small piece of
nylon string to provide the stop without interfering with the tray. All in
all I think they came out fairly nicely.
As with all the boxes I've made, there was the special moment when
I first applied the oil and the boxes came to life, and I could imagine what the owner
would feel when they saw it the first time.