Today I am making a dovetailed case for a gunmetal
The wood I selected is red gum and
it was cut from a 2x4 that was left in a cistern loft in my 1893
Queen Anne home. The loft contains a huge metal-lined timbered
cistern that filled with rainwater from the roof and provided
water to two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a laundry room well into
the 20th Century.
The workmen used red gum 2x4's to
provide temporary bracing when the cistern was built and, left
them stacked against a wall where they stayed until I removed
one last week to use in the constructions of a dovetailed box.
The 2x4 was sawn about 1891 in the
big steam mill of Horton Land And Lumber, a company that moved
here in 1889 from Pennsylvania. It was a huge lumbering
operation that built trams into the swamps to harvest bald
cypress, tupelo, swamp oak, and red gum. I love working red gum
because it is a little softer than walnut but has a dense grain
and is easy to carve.
The figure in the wood is
outstanding and often looked like a muted image of sand dunes.
When it came time to put banded inlay into the rim of the case I
started a photo record of each step since I had not yet shared
my method with members of this group. There are lots of ways to
install banded inlay.
The method I use is based on my
experience of four decades and is the most efficient that I have
been able to perfect.
The dovetailed case is ready to receive banded inlay.
Banded inlay will be installed in the rim of the case.
I use a scratch stock to cut the groove for the inlay. I made
this tool for the purpose of inlaying. It is far superior to
handled scratch stocks like a Stanley 66.