I thought it would be pretty cool to use log chunks to make stash boxes, or jewelry boxes. I started out with a large chunk, just to make it easier for my first box.
The first photo is the log chunk. I thought the small branch would make a great handle, and after I sawed the top big branch level, the wood grain would make an interesting top. This log is from a large red pine tree. I squared up the log chunk on the bandsaw, and cut off the lid - right through that little branch (handle).
Red Pine Log Chunk
After I cut off the lid, I cut out the center. I cut the bottom, front, back and sides pretty thick for my first try at this, as I thought it would be easier to work with. Future boxes will probably have thinner sides so there is more room inside.
The back of the box had to be cut fairly thick to support a heavy-duty hinge. Unless I wanted to ruin that curve in the back, I figured I would just use one heavy-duty hinge. The lid is quite thick also, and heavy. This will allow me to use long screws for the hinge in both the top and back pieces so the hinge wouldn't tear out from the weight of the lid. I will have to mortise a spot for the hinge, as the one I will be using is quite thick.
Lid cut off
Center cut out of log
I cut out the center of the base, and I left the front, sides, bottom and especially the back side thick. I figured I would need a fairly heavy-duty hinge because the lid is heavy. The lid and back are thick enough to allow me to use long screws to prevent tear-out.
I will have to mortise the lid and back for the hinge so there is no gap when the box is closed. Because of the curve in the back, I did not think two hinges would work unless I cut off the curve, which I didn't want to do. Hopefully just one, heavy-duty hinge will work. We'll see.
Then I glued it all up and clamped it over night.
I have a lot of sanding to do yet on this project, and it might have to wait a little while to get finished. I have to work on outside projects before the snow flies. I will post an update when I finish this project.