Kindling Box in Bigleaf Maple

   

Bigleaf Maple, really the only Maple we have over on this side of the country that is of interest to Woodworkers, used to be plentiful in and around the Seattle area.  The figured heartwood, which can be striking and is much prized by luthiers, is usually only found in the base of the tree.  In fact, there have been incidents with thieves illegally felling the trees and then removing the base near the stump.  I bought some pieces from my wood guy in Spokane and because they were only available is one size:  roughly 5/4 by 21" long and 12" in width, I thought making a large kindling box for one of our many wood stoves would be a nice use.  It would also afford ample opportunity to practice hand dovetailing some large pieces together, other that just doing drawers.


   Back To Top                 Home

After milling the pieces to about 1/2" in thickness, and cutting them to height and width, the dovetail process begain with cutting the tailboards on the bandsaw.  With this many pieces and this many dovetails, it was critical to keep track of the orientation of each piece.



The bottom will be a piece of hard maple with a 1/4" rabbit around the edges that will slide freely into a dado cut into each side.



After a lot of sawing and chisel work, the sides are ready to glue up and pound together.  I was pleasantly supprised at how cleanly this wood worked, in spite of being rather soft for a maple.  The joints, although very tight, still went together nicely.


The finished hammered together box, before sanding and oiling.  The grain is stunning, even before finishing -- I can see why the luthiers like this wood so much.
ChiselHead
  Sharing and Trying to be a Better Wood Worker
             Recent Projects

          
              Ash and Walnut Chairs

          
                  Walnut Hall Table

          
              Cherry Entry Bench

          
           Cherry Shinto Sideboard

          
           Table of Mexican Woods 

          
          Claro Walnut Writing Desk

            
              Shinto Cherry Cabinet

          
            Maple Cherry Huntboard

          
              Spalted Maple Cabinet

          
                 Maple Coffee Table

          
              Oak Drawer Bookcases

          
             Oak Mission Living Set

          
              Maple Kindling Box

          
                 Walnut BookCases

          
           Large Walnut DiningTable
  Contact Us:
            Jim & Rori Draper
             3004 Pleasant Valley Rd.
             Rice, WA. 99167

             Email:  jim@draperjim.com

  Copyright © 2017 Jim Draper