Solid Myrtle Inlay Box SMIB

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Project by robscastle posted 11-25-2014 12:40 AM 1166 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box made on a whim whilst I was supposed to be “Cleaning up” for Christmas.

The box section apart from the MDF base insert is from a solid piece of timber milled to shape.

I thought it was Tasmanian Myrtle however after finishing it and applying Orange Oil to it I have my doubts.

The lid material again is not really known it may be European Walnut as it looks to have very features to similar to the Walnut Key holder I made last project.

Regardless both look fantastic finished.

They were “Just bits of timber lying about”

The veneer inlay was store bought and was a composite of left over bits, if you look closely at picture four you may see a diagonal joint line in the middle where I joined two sections together.

As a side:
The inlay is currently being reasearched as to trying to find out how it was made.

See separate blog on the construction process, if you could call it that! and a blog on my findings after microscoping the veneer. Both blogs carry the SMIB reference in the subject title.

I have been doing wood work for some years now and I am still amazed as the beautiful features which lie below the surface just waiting to be revealed, I guess that is one of the reasons so much enjoyment comes from wood working!

If you can ID the timbers please add your knowledge to enlighten everybody.

In closing:
This Post will possibly be all from me this year so, all the very best to everybody, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year see you all back then

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 11-25-2014 01:08 AM

very elegant robert
you did a fine work on it

so have you actualy gotten
any cleaning done yet

happy holidays

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-25-2014 02:20 AM

Great post and project Robert. That cleaning business is way overrated. Good use of your time. I checked out your place and shop. Very fine. Back at you on the holidays. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 11-25-2014 03:06 AM

Robert, this is a beautiful box…very nicely done. I especially like the soft shape of the top and the inlay to add interest. It was fun reading your blog about building this box.

As to shop cleaning, I wait until a spring day with lots of wind. I don my dust mask, turn on my fans pointed at the garage door and start at the back of the shop with my trusty leaf blower. After just two or three trips through, I no longer need to wear waders to walk through the sawdust.

Looking forward to hearing from you again in January…unless you just can’t wait to build something. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 03:18 AM

Ajob well done and very beautiful .

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#5 posted 11-25-2014 11:42 AM

Pretty Work Rob, enjoyed the Blog too!
Where are you going, Vacation?
Have Fun and all the best to you and yours for Christmas and the New Year!

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

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#6 posted 11-29-2014 04:44 AM

Super COOL box!

I have this banding figured out!
For the main two rows, make one band with dark-long, short white, dark-long, short white, etc….
cut in half approx…
Put one half on top of the other but moving the whites of one to the middle of the dark of the other…
looks like they alternate… but we know they don’t… :)
White strip on the outsides…
glue up… slice them up for inlay sections…

Very nice box…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 11-30-2014 05:58 AM


I stll cannot figure out what you mean, can you do sketch please?

-- Regards Robert

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#8 posted 12-03-2014 01:39 AM

That came out nicely

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 12-03-2014 11:28 PM

I’ll try to get something drawn up…

... I did notice very thin light lines going through the middle that I didn’t see before… had to tilt the Notebook screen to see it better…

Can’t say ‘when’... when I can…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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