I've been wanting to make one of these since the first time I saw the beautiful knife boxes that Jogge Sundqvist uses to keep his crook knives protected. Then, more recently, Sean Hellman showed the simple box that he uses to protect his spoon knife. I knew that I needed one. You know how that is? It's like the first time you see something it plants a seed, and then the second time it gives that seed what it needs to sprout and grow. I mean, its just a wooden holder for a spoon knife, but still, I needed it.
I had a vision of what this box was going to look like a week or so ago. I knew that it was going to be made of ash. In my mind I could see leather straps holding the knife in place. My original idea was two straps running across the case. As you can see from yesterday's post, I even made two small square anchors for the snaps and two straps. Sometimes what seems like a good idea at first doesn't work so well in practice. I only have line 20 snaps, and they just weren't strong enough to hold against the pull of the strap. I also ran into issues trying to get the anchors attached to the wood. I sat at the kitchen table for quite a while today, sipping some coffee and trying to come up with a solution. Finally, after filling my cup up a second time, I came up with the alternate approach you see here.
The straps are attached on either side with nickle plated upholstery nails. The double thickness across the top actually serves to hold the knife more securely than having just a single strap. I am very happy with how it turned out. I put some flax seed oil on it to bring out the grain in the Ash. I like how it looks very much, and best of all, it works great. I've been wanting a way to protect my Ben Orford spoon knife and now I am confident that it will be safe in its new home. There is just one problem, I need a matching box for the left handed version of the same knife! Three more days of posts still to come. Tomorrow will probably end up being just an update post, the chances of me finishing this next project by tomorrow night are pretty slim. I guess it depends on what tomorrow brings. Until then, happy carving everyone.