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Project by Triumph1 posted 09-17-2014 03:55 PM 2535 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While designing a wooden I-beam structure for another box I realized the I-beams would make great legs for a new box design. The design of “Structure” shortly followed.

I wanted “structure” to have a very mechanical look. The main body is constructed of Honduras Rosewood. Curly maple was used to cap it off top and bottom. I wanted it to look as if the curly maple was a sleeve that went all the way through the box. I milled a channel on all four sides, where the legs would mount, to create a shadow line for the legs. The lid and bottom of the box are created from Honduras Rosewood also. The lid insert is Birdseye Maple. The bottom of the box is held on using a floating panel joint.

The legs are made from Curly Maple. The 45 degree chamfer on the legs lines up perfectly with the edge of the main body of the box. That was done by carefully controlling the length of the black walnut dowels used to attach the legs.

“Structure” is 8” x 8” x 6.5”. It was finished with three soakings of Danish Oil followed by two buffs of BriWax.

Thanks for looking and keep making that sawdust!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 04:11 PM

Very Nice Box, You have a excellent imagination which works out great when your designing.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 04:15 PM

that is so cool and unique, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 04:15 PM

Not an ordinary box. Great design.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 04:15 PM

Very cool box Jeff, like Dennis said, helluva imagination.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 04:40 PM

hey jeff, where you been hiding, this is pretty cool, gave me a few ideas for myself….i really like this, in this dimension it doesn’t matter which way you turn, its the same, a pretty good twist on things….:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 04:41 PM

It works in many directions!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 04:56 PM

Your usual highly creative, very well executed standard here Jeff.
Your pieces are always a treat to look at and then to go back and look at again. There’s always something new to see that was missed in the first pass.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 05:16 PM

The ‘I’ beams work very well as legs. Personally I’ve never really got it right with legs. I wish I knew your secret.

Overall the box works splendidly.

Always good to see one of your projects posted, Jeff

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 09-17-2014 05:19 PM

good to see your creations again..

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#10 posted 09-17-2014 05:43 PM

Fascinating piece. Excellent work!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#11 posted 09-17-2014 06:50 PM

You always seem to make things that I just want to touch, and this is no exception.

Well done Jeff. The massive beams work well with the box. By lightening them with holes and mitering the top and bottom they seem much smaller. Neat.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 09-17-2014 08:02 PM


-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 09-17-2014 11:02 PM

Jeff, your work is always so imaginative, creative, original and expertly crafted. This box is wonderful!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 09-18-2014 12:19 AM

Very cool. Interesting. Good looking.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#15 posted 09-18-2014 12:31 AM

All of the other guys stole most of the compliments, so I will just ask a question.

When you sit down and design a box like this, do you have a specific customer in mind?
Or is it just about the box? As a piece of art and whatever happens to it down the road, just happens?

I ask this because, for me, I make jewelry boxes for women or valet boxes for men or music boxes for little girls.
Your creativity is a wonderful thing, my friend!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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