|A piece of some exotic African wood|
It is not always that a woodworker gets to showcase a beautiful piece of wood. Often, the object is such that a large splendid plank of wood has to be sawn to smaller size or fitted in a manner that does not befit its aesthetics. Table tops, counters, large panels and the like offer opportunity to show off lovely wood.
I had a couple of planks of some exotic African wood - the seller couldn't say what it was - lying around and I could not for the life of me decide what to do with it until I hit upon the idea of a cutlery box. This isn't an essential or common object around the house but can add a touch of class to a dining situation. A cutlery box can be carried to the table or sideboard and used as necessary.
|Top and bottom|
I had just about enough wood to cut and join the planks to make the top and bottom of the outer case of the cutlery box. I used Oak for the sides and White Ash for the rest.
|The outer Case in clamps|
I used straightforward joinery methods for the outer case construction: routing trenches for the sides and a groove for the back. Once fitted, I glued all five parts together to form the case.
|Outer Case Ready for finish|
The drawers came next. After the usual fussing with the fit of the sides and front, I marked and cut dovetails. After the box was ready, I added a piece of wood as a slip to the inside of the front, then routed a groove to take the plywood bottom. The back of the drawer was cut to allow the back to slide in as is done with most drawers. I finally attached a false front to the dovetailed drawer. This was a piece of old Padauk marked by fine beetle holes.
|Dovetails on the drawer sides|
|Drawer in clamps|
Finishing was the best part because both the Padauk and the top and bottom took polish well. I used my favourite finish - de-waxed Shellac - and found it was such a pleasure applying it on receptive wood.
|Cutlery Box Finished|
Once the drawer was complete, I made and fitted dividers, and attached a brass pull.
It was a fairly straightforward project, the making of which I have shown in a video uploaded on Youtube, which could be viewed at https://youtu.be/9Qa0jIwbd8g.
4 May 2020