this project I tried to build an exquisite, yet subdued box, an ideal gift for
people who appreciate the simple beauty of wood (like my wife). The whole
design follows this philosophy - from the choice of woods (walnut and cherry)
to the overall design with no outstanding features.
A lot of time was spent on details - from the lid joinery, where the lid
frame is built with bridle joints, to footed base and laminated keys inserted
into the carcass to reinforce it.
lid is attached to the carcass with polished brass hinges. A brass chain
allows the lid to open just past the vertical position and thus protects both
the lid and the hinges.
combination of walnut and cherry wood used in the lid is repeated with the
interior dividers. The interior is lined with velvet.
To preserve the natural feel of the wood, I've
finished the box with a mixture of Danish oil and beeswax.