[Dovetailed Tea Box] Adding chip carving…

Flush with my modest progress in the last post, I decided to jazz up the little box some before attaching the bottom (which I have already cut and have waiting for installation).  I drew out some lines and squares on the front of the box and made a nice little border on the top and bottom.

Here’s the first shot, after I had already completed the top border.  It went surprisingly fast.  Took about 10 minutes to lay it out and 5 minutes to carve it.  IMAG2711

Then I drew the pattern for the bottom—this is what I did for the top, by the way.  After 5 minutes of carving (during which I noticed my knife starting to dull…so guess what happesn next time!) I had this:

IMAG2713Now the front of the box has a nice (for me) little pattern.  Oddly enough, it’s either a series of triangles or (like I see it) an undulating ribbon that’s “raised”.  I think if I darken the triangles and the lines, it will make the ribbon “pop”.  We’ll see what it looks like when I carry the pattern around all four sides…

 

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About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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