Pyramid box

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Project by Ellen posted 2665 days ago 4265 views 16 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Building a pyramid box is not as simple as it looks! I simply thought that 45 degree angles would get me there. Boy, was I wrong. So this became a real challenge.

Of course I used the angle grinder on the lid of the box. This lid slides open. The legs are bubinga and the lid is cherry. I wood of the pyramid is sycamore. I turned the little knob out of cherry.

My best advise if you figure out how to do this, is make SEVERAL pyramid sides at one time, so you don’t have to set up this jig a lot. I was never good at trig and this exersize prooved it at the time.

Please let me know what you think of this one.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 2665 days ago

WOW!!!! What a beautiful box!! I hate to even call a box. It’s actually a great work of art!

Gives wood hacks like me inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

-- Jimmy

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#2 posted 2665 days ago

Ellen another great project. Is the wood hollowed out or made with boards, and does the lid lift off or does it swing to the side. Oops I see you said it slides open)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Bill Cowan

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#3 posted 2665 days ago

Ellen, this a fantastic work of art! Looks great!

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#4 posted 2665 days ago

That was the tricky part, the sides of the pyramid are 1/4 inch boards edge glued together. That was the challenge to cut those angles so they all work together. On the top, I created a channel for the lid to slide on, so it doesn’t lift or swing, but slides to one side.

Oh and it is finished with my favorite finish, tung oil and a couple coats of wax.

I am so glad you all like it.

-- Ellen --

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#5 posted 2664 days ago

Ellen I replied to your post on a project page that had a box I think by Don.

You mentioned about a vacuum pump you got, and were asking for vacuum bag materials.

I forgot when I was posting there but visit a web page by Joe Woodworker

I’m starting to build the vacuum storage that he has plans for. The Home Depot by me has the 4” SCH 40 tube cut to 2’ long so you don’t have to purchase a 10’ pipe.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2664 days ago

Beautiful, hope you think it was well worth the effort (as we do!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 2664 days ago

Not as simple as it looiks!?

Go to
That will help with figuring out the complex angle cuts. There is even a pdf with common angles prefigured.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 2664 days ago

This is why I like Lumberjocks! Thanks so much for the web link! I have it bookmarked.

-- Ellen --

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#9 posted 2664 days ago

Always great to see your projects! This one is fantastic!

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#10 posted 2664 days ago

Wow Ellen, what a challenge! It turned out beautifully. Nice job!


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2664 days ago

Very artistic, & beautiful.
Do you use one of them Lancelot cutters with the chain saw chain on you grinder?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 2664 days ago

magnificent box/ art/
your creativity and your skill astounds me each and every time I see one of your projects!!!

Some day I’d like to try that grinder process.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 2664 days ago

amazing!!! real art…the cherry lid and the sycamore pyramid have a very similar color in the pictures you provided…is this true in real life? very pretty!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 2664 days ago

I can’t even pretend to think that my skills would ever be of your caliber. Thanks for letting us see your work!

-- † Hops †

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#15 posted 2664 days ago

Beautiful piece Ellen. Just stunning. Many hours of hard work have really paid off in a real piece of art. Thanks for showing it to us!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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