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Project by davidtheboxmaker posted 11-02-2008 10:49 PM 2671 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been reading a couple of books by Doug Stowe, so my work has been influenced by what I’ve read. These boxes are more a less a straight copy from Beautiful Boxes with Inlay Techniques. A friend who has a furniture shop gave me some exotic hardwood offcuts just about the time I bought the book, so the two came together very nicely. I also used these to experiment with mini barrel hinges and barbed hinges. I’ve struggled with (avoided using) hinges for a long time, so that’s something I’m determined to resolve.

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Randy Price

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#1 posted 11-02-2008 11:24 PM

Beautiful work David. I saw “Beautiful Boxes with Inlay Techniques” in the local woodworking store recently and almost picked it up – I was fascinated with it as well. Thanks for sharing your project.


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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 11-02-2008 11:45 PM

Stowe has long been a favorite of mine as well. Looks like you are well on your way. Two other artisans you might like are Bill McDowell and Phillip Weber

incidentally, David your work has been inspirational to me

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I’m trying to master your inset lid with the brass dowel through the side walls. I find them beautiful and elegant, and the price is certainly right versus buying Brusso hardware.

I’ve just spent the better part of the afternoon resawing offcuts gifted/traded for pastry by fellow LJ Dennis Zonger in an effort to get ready for a Xmas box run, on a top ten November day in Nebraska. Soon the snow will fly…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 11-03-2008 12:17 AM

They sure are beautiful and interesting. Great idea for the glasses. Thanks.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 11-03-2008 01:00 AM

Very nice David! What are the woods used? (Both in the box material and in the inlay)

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 11-03-2008 02:07 AM

Beautiful pieces, and a useful purpose.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 11-07-2008 07:21 PM

Thanks for the kind comments.
Douglas – you made my day with your comment that my work has been inspirational to you. I’m sure you’ll master the valet box in no time. I use a hardwood dowel for the pivot pin, rather than a brass rod, but I don’t think that makes a great deal of difference.
Woodhacker – woods are sapele (or one of the mahogany substitutes) with a range of hardwood offcuts including wenge, oak, ash, and maple. Because of the shape/size of the offcuts, the inlay shows the end grain – which I think is good.

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#7 posted 11-11-2008 03:52 PM

Those are awesome David!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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