chip carved box for bowl gouges

I spent some time yesterday hewing and carving out a bowl from a too-large-for-a-spoon crook. Cherry. It was great fun, so now it will dry and perhaps I’ll even finish this one. I dug out another that is now dried, and worked that along a bit too. I have collected a range of bowl-carving gouges, and recently I re-purposed an unfinished box with a drawer to house them.

The box is from a few years ago, and involves much conjecture. Not my favorite way to build furniture. Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). It’s about 8″ high, 10″ wide and 15″ long.

Here is the sliding lid slud back a bit…


Inside this section is a cross-piece with slots to fit individual gouges. this piece is just friction-fit into the box right now.


Here you see there are two end boards nearest the camera – the carved one slides upward to access the drawer below the box compartment. It has a tongue/rabbet at its back face – riding in a slot cut on the inside faces of the box sides. A little hollow gouged out gives a place to grab it to lift it up. 


here is that piece removed, showing the bottom of the box compartment, and the drawer below.


Now a view showing the gouges in the box and those underneath in the drawer. No divider in the drawer. (yet, or maybe never)


requisite drawer detail.

Unfinished chip carving. it’s all over the box…some finished, some not.

someone will have fun when I’m long gone trying to figure out what happened here. Why was this box not finished, but it looks like it was used…

If I get to make another of these sort of boxes, I’d like to see an original first. One thing I’d change is I’d plane the stock just a bit thinner. This is 3/4″ standard issue boards – I’d aim for 5/8″ thick. this seems clunky. Part of why I gave up on it. But it makes a nice place to keep the bowl gouges…

8 thoughts on “chip carved box for bowl gouges

  1. Sometimes we make these things and they start to go south on us, but we just can’t stop trying to improve upon them! Then they turn into reminders of how we want the next one to be better! It’s not quite a ying yang thing, but it’s close!

  2. Hey, Peter! What are “these sort of boxes”? Have you seen them only in pictures?? I do like the idea of someone trying to figure out the combination of unfinished details plus wear, although I think any anthropologist with their own workshop would understand without even formulating the question…

  3. What did you do to the outside timber? The insides are just as bland as the Liriodendron I’ve scrounged here from arborists but the outside has a real nice colour. Oh and the DVD arrived this evening, thanks.

    • the color is from linseed oil & time. patience is a key for patina…this piece is maybe 2 years old now. Tulip poplar darkens readily…loses its bright yellow/green color.

  4. Hi Peter,
    Really like this box and would like to make one similar for gouges and chisels. Can you explain how you joined the bottom and made the chamfer?

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