Tuesday 26 August 2008
This simple box by Mark Baker is elegant and practical
This piece in yellow box is an ideal introduction to the art of making boxes. It is one of the simplest types of box to create, yet it demonstrates the importance of a well-proportioned body and top, a lid that is not too stiff to lift off easily, matching grain throughout the box, nicely detailed lid and base sections, and a fine, lustrous finish.
This project provides an excellent foundation for other box designs: double-mounting (double-chucking) the body and lid; mounting the lid tightly in the base after turning the inside in order to form the final lid profile; then easing the fit, and finally reverse-chucking the base to finish the underside.
A good rule of thumb for creating well-proportioned boxes is to use 2/3 of the height for the base and 1/3 for the lid; an alternative is 3/5 and 2/5. This box is parallel from top to bottom; for a footed box, the foot needs to be at least 1/3 of the overall diameter for the sake of stability.