adding the ribbon handle
With the basic box assembled and sanded, it's time to turn your attention to the handle. For this box, I made a "ribbon" handle that runs across the top with a matching inlay going down both sides. As you can see in the main drawing above, the handle is a lamination of two different hardwoods.
While the handle is glued directly to the top, the ends of the handle and the side ribbons fit into the channel on the sides. The thin strips that mn down the sides might look difficult to laminate, but don't worry, you'll ait all the pieces from a single, larger laminated blank.
GLUE UP THE LAMINATED BLANK. The lacewood and wenge combined with the gentle curve in the handle really give the box a distinctive look. You may want to experiment with different woods from your own scrap pile to find a combination that complements the stock you used for the box. You'll need a 34'-thick piece for the center and two Vs"-thick pieces for the facing, fust keep in mind that the thickness of the finished blank needs to match the channel you routed earlier. It's a good idea to glue up an oversized blank (about 16" long) so you can trim it to final size after cleaning up the glue squeezeout.
I started by cutting the handle pieccs to size. Then I glued them together, adding a piece of tape along one edge. The tape helps
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