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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-27-2015 04:55 PM 1747 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well – this was the recipe…

Take a simple idea – ”box lids opening by pivoting when you push down”.
Throw into the mix a new thing for me – ”rounded corners”.
Add a healthy dose of ”use some veneer”.
And a pinch of ”Art Deco”.
Simmer over a very low heat for several weeks, periodically adding red wine, sometimes port, and, once, a dollop of Moscatel.

Serve when ready.

Nothing, of course, is ever quite so simple and somehow it transmogrified (which is, actually, a word – I just checked) into this chappie.

I used some techniques I’ve developed over the last few years in dealing with these slightly strange shapes…
The verticals both needed to be flat, but angled.
I do this by clamping “runners” onto the sides…

Small passes at little depth, and you eventually end up with…

Either plane, sand, or even cut off the side pieces that are proud, and work a little on a sheet of flat sandpaper…

Before the tops became rounded, they were originally straight – but I remembered recipe ingredient 2.
I do this using this technique – the pine bit you see is the spacer – so I can change the sandpaper and maintain the same angle…

After what seemed like an age, but was only about 10 days (for anyone new to my work, I don’t work very hard at all – maximum 3 hours a day), all the pieces are ready to go…

(The small “dowels” of barbeque stick you see are to ensure the 3 verticals line up when gluing and messing around)
(oh, except for the pair that are the hinges)

First the “box” bit (barbeque dowels again purely for location)...

Then the verticals get glued together…

(Delay of a few days while I agonise over feet – perhaps this is my version of the whole “What shoes shall I wear” thing?)

Then the feet are added…

The ingredients used in the final dish were…
Boomatched lacewood veneer on Tola, aggressively fumed in ammonia with grain highlighting courtesy of RottenStone.
Verticals of Mahogany (could be sapele) in a sandwich of Ash.
Unknown (but rather lovely) reddish wood on ash for the box backs.
Tola for the box bottoms.
Box tops from a 100 year old oak Caldavos barrel – sadly it’s impossible to capture the density of the black and purples in pictures.
End-grain bookmatched oak feet – fumed in ammonia.

280mm wide, 192mm tall, 124mm deep.
Finished (the lacewood was finished first because of the RottenStone requirement) with Danish Oil.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Tom Godfrey

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 05:08 PM

That is awesome and a work of art. There is no way would I ever let this get out of my hands as long as I lived. I know you are proud of this piece.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 05:44 PM

FINALLY!!!! Something truly outside of the box!! (pun intended). IMHO this has very nice lines and the overall balance is great. thanks for sharing your fabrication tips as well.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 07:08 PM

Art Deco for sure, and very finely done. Gr8 wood combos, and design. I would have never guessed the lids opened like that. Way cool.

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

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 09:19 PM

COOL techniques used on a COOL project…

Thank you!

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

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 09:24 PM

That is a very cool design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-28-2015 12:55 AM

One of a kind. Very nicely done

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 01-28-2015 01:01 AM

You built a interesting project. The design and wood selection are going to catch everyones eye. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 01-28-2015 01:21 AM

Great design and execution. I like your take on art deco.

-- Daniel S

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#9 posted 01-28-2015 02:01 AM

This is so cool. The sculptural quality takes this “box” to a new level…...very artistic.

-- jbschutz

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 05:20 AM

wickedly cool design – thanks for showing the making of it as well, pretty neat all around!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 01-28-2015 12:52 PM

Very original and very unusual. I like the combination of woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 01-28-2015 07:33 PM

Great design and woods on this well made box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-29-2015 07:12 PM

WOW this is way kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 01-30-2015 04:30 AM

Late to the party,

Been working in my other world.

Just saw this post Thanks for showing how you built this very nice art box!

I really expected this would be a Top 3!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 01-30-2015 11:39 AM

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments – people enjoying my work always gives me a kick.

I really expected this would be a Top 3!
- DocSavage45

I’d hoped – but there were some excellent projects that day – I will try harder next time!

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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