This is a gift for our neighbor. He has suffered from PTSD for many years, and it has been getting steadily worse. He found that making rosaries with different kinds of beads and giving them to charity gave him helpful therapy, and we had him over for beading tips a time or two. (He even gave me a set even though I’m not Catholic). Now his disease has progressed to the point where he can no longer make them, so he told us he wants to give us the 1-step looper that was his most prized tool. I thought I’d make him a rosary box in return.
It’s a very simple design, with a single half oval tab on each side, made out of Proofgrade 1/8" maple. SO nice to not have to apply finish! The top has a cross engraved into it with a scoreline surrounding it. I made a prototype of the box and lid in 1/8" Baltic Birch, and I had intended to do a walnut veneer inlay into the box lid. But while the inlay fit perfectly in the BB box lid, it was a hair too large (I believe due to the smaller kerf of the Proofgrade, which I did not adjust for), so it got mangled when I made the attempt. So I dug most of it out with a craft knife and rather than cut a new one I decided to do a resin inlay. I used Magic-Glos UV resin with Pearl-Ex mica powder added to give it color and sparkle. I really like the effect.