18th-Century Pipe Box Provides Elegant Storage
Simple construction makes this an easy project
Synopsis: This pipe box reproduction gives novice woodworkers an opportunity to practice resawing, dimensioning and routing small parts, scrollsawing, and drawer making, while crafting an attractive box for storing items such as candles. The primary wood is curly maple; the secondary wood is poplar. The scalloped shapes on the front, sides, and back are cut with a scrollsaw. Glue-and-nail construction keeps assembly simple.
Smoking was a popular social custom in the Colonies. As a result, Colonial craftsmen fashioned small, detailed boxes for holding long-stemmed clay pipes and tobacco. Today, these boxes are a great way to store items such as candles and matches.
Curly maple is authentic for this reproduction piece, but you can use any wood. Here’s an opportunity to practice resawing, dimensioning and routing small parts, scrollsawing, and drawer making.
Cut the parts and assemble the case
The drawer front is 3/4 in. thick, and the base…