Tree Box

   This weekend I had a little time to spend in the shop and wanted to cut a few dovetails as it has been a while. I am getting ready to start a chest of drawers project as part of the Woodwhisperer Guild summer build and will need to cut quite a few dovetails, so I decided to play around a little. Before long I ended up with a cool little box.
I started with cutting a few dovetails in some scrap oak I had laying around the shop. After I finished they fit so nice I decided to go ahead and make a box out of them. I lined the inside with cherry for the lid to sit on and also used cherry for the base and lid. The holes I drilled in the sides to show some of the cherry lining as a contrast to the oak.
The tree came from an idea that I have had for a while. I sketched the tree onto a 1/4″ piece of oak and cut it out using my scroll saw. Once the shape was cut out I used a wood carving bit on my dremel to finish the tree. After carving tree I realized that because the surface of the tree was now uneven I was going to have a problem clamping it to the lid while gluing it down. The solution I came up with was to apply the glue to the back of the tree, lay it on the lid and then cover it with plastic wrap for protection. I then placed pea gravel over the surface and set a weight on top. The pea gravel allowed the weight to have even pressure over the surface.

This was a fun little project to build and sometimes it is nice just to see where inspiration takes us.

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2 Responses to “Tree Box”

  1. High Rock Woodworking
    February 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Thank you for the nice comment Charlie. The box was a fun little project to build, it started out as just cutting a few dovetails for practice and just ended up the tree box but that is the way it often goes. As for the site I have really enjoyed writing all of the articles and wish that I had more time, my wife and I have a new baby in the house so that keeps us super busy right now.

    Keep woodworking!

  2. Charlie
    February 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    What a beautiful piece of work! I love your site. Thank you.

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