Coffer

Here is a new utility box: a sort of trug or coffer for general carrying of stuff.  It is 20" long and 12" wide, and I decided to make a loose-fitting, drop-in lid for it, so it can be used covered or uncovered. 

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The ends were cut from the semi-circular leaves of a small drop-leaf occasional table rescued from a rubbish recycling centre.  Sitting underneath the part-finished box you can see the beautiful grain of a nice piece of elm, part of an ancient bookcase, that is the only piece I could find wide enough to make the lid.

The sides were made from another tabletop, and the bottom is made from thin strips of solid oak from the back of a corner cupboard.  Below you can see the lid now cut to size, with rebated edges to fit into the box, beeswax and oil polished.

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Fully waxed and finished, ready for use.

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Looking quite at home in the house.

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