Cherry box with mitered corners and a kumiko design in the lid
I really like making these lift-lid boxes with kumiko panels. This one is a bit different as I added some padauk banding around the lid edges. It's easier than I thought it would be
The first step is always breaking down long stock to smaller stock on my low sawhorses. This is some nice cherry here. After it's rough lengths, I'll flatten and mill the faces
Then I joint an edge
and rip it to final width at the tablesaw
Here is the banding. I cut a 1/8" groove in the top of each board at the router table before I cut the miters.
Then I glued a 1/8" strip of padauk, and ripped it again at the tablesaw to flush it up
Came out perfectly
Then I cut the miters
The miters are cut and the banding lines up
I glued it together, inserting both the top and bottom plywood panels. The panels are painted on both sides with black milk paint and a flat waterborne finish. I don't use clamps. Painters tape works fine
I add splines being careful to put one in the lid section that will be removed after
I flush cut the splines
Then true up the outside of the box. After it was trued up, I cut the lid off on the bandsaw
The box has a maple liner. Here I am rough cutting some maple
Making the dividers which will be lap jointed into the maple liner
Cutting the joints for the dividers
Test fit looks good. This method keeps the dividers in the box without having to worry about gluing them to the bottom
Pre-finishing the dividers and liner with shellac and wax
The tray - another mitered box. Cherry, cherry splines, maple divider, plywood bottom
Now to work on the kumiko. I get one vertical and one horizontal strip fit perfectly and use those as masters
cutting the half lap joints for the kumiko. Many do this with a tablesaw, I prefer to do it with hand tools
The pieces for the gridwork
Once it's rigid enough, I like to test the fit. This will go with some percussive persuasion
getting the rest of the pattern cut
With everything cut, it's time to assemble it
Finish is oil and shellac
box and tray
This is such a great box, and not just because I have vested interest in it. I like how the inclusion of something so seemingly insignificant like a spline of padauk can change the look so much.
If I didn't already own one of your boxes this one would find a new home. You are killing it my friend. Beautiful box! 👍
Well done brother, well done.
Your designs are excellent and your work is always top notch.