I have not used hinges and decide to use a air tight fit lid. The base has a thick padding and the lid is lined
I have cut the fingers and joined all four sides. The fingers sit proud just enough for clean up
To finish the box off I am looking to etich the tree of life into the lid and hope to have that finished my the weekend
Looking forward to seeing the finished result @r23on. It's looking beautiful.
Thanks for sharing the project with us.
Job finished I had a few issues with etching, the soft sap wood came away leaving a raised ridges. To fix this i used a bit of jap brown stain to make the black stand out reducing the effect of the raised ridges and rewaxing the lid. After the wax has had time to harden a polish up and should look ok.
Where possible I try to bring out the natural colors of the timbers by using beeswax or a clear poly wipe.
what wood did you use and did you hand cut the finger jionts or router them with a jig? its looks great i love it
In responce to the question:
The timber I managed to get a hold of was Meranti light red. This time I was a lazy and used a jig. I had planed to set it up on the saw talble using this method below. I still need to make the jig any way. Time was against me so I use another jig (Leight). In hindsight I should have gone down the table saw track. The time taken setting up the fingers for spacing cutter selection tapping the timber to stop splintering/tearout and sample cuts took longer than the saw table. As a point of intrest I used a spiral upcuter to help reduct tearout/splintering I hope this is helpful.
Nice work!! Just curious looking at the sketch of the fingerjointing you have there, would that be 2 blades together or is it a dado set? Im curious to try a couple of blades to see how it works