small white oak boxes

white oak boxes


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.

molding on lid's front edge


gouge-cut ends of lid


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.

rabbeting box lid


Setting the gimmal hinges on these little ones is quite difficult. Not much room in there to bang ’em down.

setting gimmal hinges


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…

white oak box, pine lid

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