I got a chance to finish the small oak boxes I started last month. They are about 5 1/4″ high x 12 1/2″ wide x 8 1/2″ deep. I had no pine around, so did the lids in white oak – a reversal of the usual scenario. The lids get treated a couple of different ways. The first one I did a gouge-chopped decoration on the ends, and a molded edge along the front.
The 2nd one I did a thumbnail molding all around the lid. First I made a rabbet with a fillester plane, then beveled the edges with a smooth plane.
Setting the gimmal hinges on these little ones is quite difficult. Not much room in there to bang ’em down.
The first in this series has a pine lid; all have tills inside. All are based on a period one in a private collection – but I switched the decoration around, and added carved sides. The original has plain ends. So there’s three of them available, $600 each. Email if you are inclined…