This birdseye maple box came from a board that I purchased locally several years ago. It contained a lot of heart wood and sap wood. Normally, such a board is a bit difficult to use in a piece of furniture as you don’t want those two contrasting colors. I bought it though because it had great ‘eyes’ in it, and some curl to the wood too which I think is a bit unusual.
The plank was perfect for this small box, as I could take advantage of the color transition, and show off almost all of the amazing figure. The box was built purely for that purpose, and in its finished state it sits on our fireplace mantle – showing off.
The wood as purchased was about 1/2 inch thick, and I left it nearly that thickness. It was rough, so I planed both sides flat and smooth before cutting it up. I picked the best for the front and back, but left a nice half and half blend for the top.
The top is beveled back a half inch from the ends/sides and then blended into the top with sandpaper. The bottom of the lid was cut to allow it to sit down into the body 3/16 of and inch.
The box body measures 7 inches long x 3 1/4 inches wide x 3 inches high. The top is an additional 3/4 by 5/8 inches larger.
The inside received a quick coat of wiping varnish, and the outside of the box was sanded to 320 and given a nice coat of Danish Oil.