Peter Brotherton's eldest daughter presented him with a bag of old (about 100 years) Cypress tongue and groove floor board. Offcuts from her kitchen which she is renovating. She wanted a jewellery box made from them with a special request. The floor board patina (knots, paint splashes and other defects) were to be retained as much as possible.
Judging by the amount of accumulated dirt in the grooves and on top of the tongues Peter didn't think the boards have ever been properly joined and the first job was to get rid of this. After cleaning, the tongue and grooves would still not fit together so they had to be removed and the boards were edge glued.The boards contained a number of loose knots and visible cracks and these were stabilised with super glue. They also had some very fine, almost invisible, hairline cracks which caused problems during preparation. The box has a plywood base to add some stability. It is finished with Kunos oil.