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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 1175 days ago 3146 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Pyramid illusion Part 3 of Rectangular designs series Part 4: Hour Glass Design »

I was lucky, I was given a short time to assemble this box last weekend. January 2011 was really a hectic month of conferences and seminar..

So here it goes… The box is on the go.

The lid is just simply inserted… what is lacking is the handle.
The sides are all mitered…. lacking is spline…. but maybe not needed.
The bottom is a solid wood somewhat a Narra look wood but I can not smell the aromatic scent.

Here is the look as of now….

Here is the crazy flipside of the lid… take a good look on the rabbetted edge. The strength of narra is quite good to have a shoulder cut of 1/8 inch

All I need is the finish and the lid handle. Probably a cylindrical pedestal too.

-- Bert



11 comments so far

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 1175 days ago

This is really a beautiful piece, Bert! I love the lid! The colors look so beautiful together, too. I can’t wait to see it finished.

Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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lilredweldingrod

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#2 posted 1175 days ago

Hey Bert, Nice box. I need that design for our rattlesnakes here in the desert. lol I see you are keeping the sides thin and then an even thinner rabbet for the lid. Impressive my friend. Rand

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BertFlores58

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#3 posted 1175 days ago

Thanks Sheila… What bothers me is the staining effect of the Narra (amboyna wood) when applying the finish. This weekend, I will be lucky again to finish it up. I am planning also to make the trays that wil still reveal the inside parquetry effect.. another challenge.

Thanks Rand, You are a part of it.. Smaller rabbets comes from your gifts… the spiral router bits you sent to me. Not a snake.. it was a crocodile belt… it is waved and very common specially during rainy days.. ha ha..

-- Bert

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Bill Davis

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#4 posted 1175 days ago

Don’t know how you do that Bert. I also look for the sweet smell given off from Narra. I didn’t even know ot that but discovered it on thge speaker project and subsequently read of the ‘Narra’ smell. The trouble with me using that test is that I keep cutting past when I should just so I can smell the fumes. I think they are addicting since I keep going back for more.

Beautiful box showing great craftmenship.

P.S. What do you mean about “the staining effect of the Narra … when applying the finish”? I don’t recall noticing that so not sure I understand actually what you are referring to.

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BertFlores58

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#5 posted 1174 days ago

Thanks Bill,
Since, I have made this joint endgrain, there are some small dust from red narra and yellow narra that are left. Once you applied oil based varnish it mixes and then affects the neighboring wood destroying the contrast color of woods.. Simply, the yellow narra becomes brown and the red narra becomes brown too. Here is the blog I previously explained this effect.

I think you are right with Narra scent… addictive and so with the wood. When you work with narra, the surface is so smooth and stable… but really it is hard to get nowadays..

-- Bert

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littlecope

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#6 posted 1174 days ago

Beautiful Box Bert!!
I hope you find more time to get in your shop… I always enjoy seeing what you come up with!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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BertFlores58

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#7 posted 1174 days ago

Thanks Mike.
Here is a teaser for you…. I already made the board in flesh watch for it….

I call this 45 degree hour glass effect…..

-- Bert

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itsmic

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#8 posted 1174 days ago

Very nice looking box, the complexity of the glue up must have been a challenge, looks good, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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littlecope

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#9 posted 1174 days ago

:)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1174 days ago

Fascinating patterns, Bert. I like both the pyramids and the 45° hour glass (and yes I can see the minimum repeatable pattern). My favourite is the pyramids though, for its mind bending visual trickery of course. Also glad its part of a box as well. Please keep them coming.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Armand

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#11 posted 1174 days ago

Very nice Bert..very challenging box with very intricate design.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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