"Isaac's Dresser Valet " -Burled Black Walnut, Carob, brass, and velvet
This box was made as a gift for my brother. Again, an attempt to design with a masculine motif.
An interesting sidenote: the black walnut log was salvaged from an orchard, and after resawing on my large bandsaw, I realized it was harboring a termite colony! Microwaving each board for about 2 1/2 minutes will kill termites...
Due to the condition of the walnut (very porous, punky in small areas), it took some 15 coats of lacquer to build up a good film and solidify the surface. The hinges are Brusso.
The recesses within the top of the carob endblocks were routed with the aid of a purpose-made template. The coves machined into the outer ends were accomplished with a panel-raising bit in a router table: the radiused blocks had to be carefully rotated over the bit whilst staying on center point and referenced against the table fence.