by marty on
I use the practice boards for all kinds of things. First of all, the quality of your boards is fantastic. I buy ten or more at a time and keep them in my humidity box so they are ready to go whenever I am and I always have some at the ready to feed my addiction.
All of my napkin holders use a 5″ x 12″ practice board with no waste beyond the corners of the top curves. I have created a template in PowerPoint to lay out the outline and curved top and then embed the pattern in the template. I can tell how big the carving pattern needs to be based on how it fits into the template. Super easy and I love Tatiana’s patterns! I have been experimenting with her volume 2 patterns. It is always interesting to see a pattern catch my eye on paper, then change, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, when it’s carved, only to change once more after the finish is done. It also depends on the form I am carving. Some patterns look great on napkin holders and not so much on tissue boxes or vice versa. Notice the third napkin holder from the left in the picture below and compare it to the tissue box shown later in this message. Same pattern, but a distinctly different look. To paraphrase one of my favorite Tom Hanks characters, “carving is like a box of chocolates…”
This is my latest batch waiting for new homes.
I also use the 6″ x 12″ practice boards for my tissue boxes. It takes 2 1/2 boards for each boutique box and 4 boards for the full size boxes. I make the boxes with finger/box joints. People seem to like them. FWIW, I added an Oschlun Box Joint blade set to my saw blade arsenal. While you can only get a 3/8″ or 1/4″ wide joint from this set, having 40 teeth in each blade is a vast improvement over my Freud dado set with only 4 teeth in the chippers. No more tear outs on the soft basswood! Well worth the money. I also use an Incra iBox jig and that is a fantastic tool for box joints.
Here is a boutique tissue box halfway through the finish process.
I am happy to supply the dimensions that I use if anyone needs them.
As always, thanks for the inspiration and support,
by marty on