Ben came from IBM China to work in my department for 6 months.
He spent a lot of time with me in the workshop and asked if he could build something to give as a present for his manager who would be leaving China soon. We considered several projects and decided on a hinged box made of rosewood with a tiger maple top and maple kerf slots in the corners.
Here we have cut the sides to size and glued them up, with a maple bottom inset with a small dado.
A style element of this box is the use of kerf slots fitted with the same maple as the top, giving a striking contrast. Since I didn’t have a kerf slot cutting jig, we made one. The jig holds the box at a 45 degree angle and slides along the fence of my table saw. The 1/8” kerf is cut with the table saw blade, matching the 1/8” thickness of the maple. The size of the kerf is determined by the height of the saw blade.