How to make hexagonal boxes
Clark Kellogg shows you how to dig out your attractive scraps and have some small-scale fun.
Synopsis: Each of these sweet little hexagonal boxes starts as a strip of solid wood, which becomes the sides. Once that is mitered, rabbeted, and joined, the hexagonal veneered top and bottom panels are set into the rabbets and the box is cut apart to separate the lid. Add a parquetry liner, made from a complementary wood, and more distinctive details, and you have a functional piece of art.
A few summers ago I was given two small pieces of incredible curly maple. I knew they would be perfect for small boxes, but I couldn’t figure out what kind of boxes they wanted to be. I didn’t relish the thought of trying to saw tiny dovetails into such ornery wood, and plain old square mitered boxes felt like a missed opportunity.
Inspiration struck when a yogurt container fell off a shelf in my shop, spilling its cargo: What…