My father has had an extensive cooking knife collection for a long time, but for some reason he never purchased any sharpening stones. I thought some Arkansas stones would make an excellent Christmas gift this year, so I ordered him 3, soft, hard, & black. The stones were excellent, but the boxes they came in were less than desirable, so I decided to make some more appropriate ones.
I started off by squaring up some 8/4 stock, and then re-sawing it so the lid and bottom had matching grain. To hollow out the boxes, I used a plunge router to remove the bulk of the material. Then I squared up the corners with a chisel and mallet. The woods i choose to use were some mineral stained hard maple, sappy black cherry, & African mahogany.