For Lisa Lewis and David Runco
When cut or sanded marble-wood has the worst of aromas. It took a special project to use up all the pieces I had aquired. In celebration of my dear’s friends marriage, I made a jewelry box for playbills, knick knacks and all of the chunky bracelets they acquire in their grand adventure. In a picturesque and wholly appropriate warehouse, my dear friend Lisa Lewis married David Runoco. From milliner to actresses to playwright – Lisa has always had an evolving set of aspirations and I am thrilled that David’s story has become intertwined with hers.
The detail work in the box was no small undertaking, the night before I originally planned to present my work, the night burned on as I rapidly rounded edges.
Mitered-dovetails – I am pretty happy with the thin pins in these joints. The lid is comprised of a raised panel, fitted into a frame. I used a tongue-and-groove plane to establish the fit. I wrestled this design for awhile, trying to make the wood on my shelf fit the aspirations in my mind. Also, raised panels are just sort of fun.
I have been using Megan Fitzpatrick’s divider method for laying out dovetails, in this case I lucked out and ended up with pins pretty close to my 1/4 chisel at the the base of the pin and an 1/8 at top. While marble-wood is hard it was actually fairly easy to dovetail in and of course, it allowed me to include a card with the pun,”may your marriage be tightly fit together”
There is an interlocking set of dividers inside the box. For the first time, I finished the inside of the box before the glue-up and than attached a suede covering to floor. Seems so luxurious! The hard part was keep saw dust out between the time I made it and the time I presented the gift.
The box has a walnut tray that floats above the dividers. I re-sawed a pretty gnarly piece of walnut from 1 inch down to 3/8ths. At first I thought that I would have a live-edge lid but progress was impeded when the panel saw ran face first into a six inch knot. After that, I had a mid-project redesign and elected to use these pieces for the floating tray instead. Notice the incredible reflection in grain of the tray. If I keep resawing boards like this I am going to have one really strong arm.
Turns out there is a pretty skimpy selection of lid stays for small boxes. I wanted a stay which had a soft landing as well as limited the full extension of the hinge but I am not sure there was a good choice. Eventually I settled on this beautiful brass stay – which is mortised into the side. After all of this work using traditional tools, I ended up epoxying in the hinge; I guess thats how the saying goes, something new, something old.