Yosegi-Zaiku style toy box

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Project by Leroy5 posted 01-18-2015 09:48 PM 1120 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was really impressed with a video I saw ( ) on Japanese puzzle box marquetry and thought about how to adapt it as accent flooring boards. I made some demonstration boards but could generate no interest, so I recycled the materials to make a toy box for my grandkids. I did everything the wrong way, but I finally finished this for Christmas (a month late!). It’ll be a lot easier next time. I should have used red oak to trim the lid, but those ipe pieces were sitting in the trash, & I hated to waste them. Except for the American walnut, all wood used was scrap, including the plywood.

-- Leroy

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 09:57 PM

Realy amaizing patterns. I bet you added lot of work into it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-18-2015 10:20 PM

Great looking, love the patterns and the slow closing hinges

-- Norman

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#3 posted 01-19-2015 02:16 AM

Now that is a very nice looking toy box. I’d seen the video before and was amazed and intrigued. I’d like to know more of your process. Looks like piece was sawn rather than sliced.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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