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Project by kiefer posted 02-15-2015 11:28 PM 2767 views 17 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box from a piece of rough sawn tamarack that was all twisted and had only small areas of knot free sections but was nicely suited for this box .
I like building rustic items but find it hard to come up with the right look and combination of design features and this one was no exception.
After deciding to use the tamarack I figured a large box joint would work for this but rather than cutting it by hand I quickly made a jig that attaches to my table saw sled and that worked out well and saved a lot of time .
The inward slope of the top lends itself well to the centre hinged lids giving it good acess to both sides .
The frame and panel lids originally were supposed to be a raised panel wood design but I run short on lumber so I opted for leather that I fitted with a backing made from plywood giving it a raised panel look .
The lid frames are lightly carved with my rotary tool and carbide burr just to add a little accent around the leather panels .
I added walnut pegs to further anhance the joints and hinge boss for the simple wooden hinge which is a 1/4” dowel and works quite nice .
The box is finished with Watco walnut oil and has the sheen just right for this .
Size is about 14”x4 1/4”x 7 1/2”
Thanks for taking a look and comments good or not alway welcome .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 11:36 PM

Very nice. I like everything on this. Really like how you “added” pieces to get the width of the lids right. Just adds to the rustic ness of it. Great job. The leather looks good too.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 02-15-2015 11:38 PM

Now we get to see what your sled was for. That is a very nice box. A great design that fits perfectly with the rustic look. I like the sloped lids and the leather compliments the rustic look. Another great creation.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 11:53 PM

Really nice piece Klaus. Although diverse in design all your boxes have a very distinct “kiefer style” ambiance.
I mean that as a sincere compliment. You have a cohesive and recognizable body of work that seems to be growing and developing with each new addition and there is no end in sight. We are all lucky to be in the LJ grandstand to watch the show.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 12:47 AM

Another Top 3??

Always thinking, creating, innovating! It’s Kiefer-esc Triggering some thoughts!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 12:48 AM

Klaus….great design and materials marriage! The heavy box joints and leather panels, along with the walnut pegs, give it a very masculine feel. The rough wood further enhances that vibe.

-- jbschutz

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#6 posted 02-16-2015 01:02 AM

Excellent how the design complements the aged wood and leather combination. This would be a great dresser top men’s valet. Matching the design to the wood has become your trademark. Keep em coming.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-16-2015 01:04 AM

It’s has very old look.Nice project!

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#8 posted 02-16-2015 01:51 AM

Nicely done Klaus,
I like the leather in the lid, it has a nice look to it. I think running out of wood for the raised panel was a good thing. But that’s just my 2 cents! Anything you do always turns out well!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 02-16-2015 02:23 AM

Keifer, that box reminds me of so many different things yet it is something I have never seen. I really like the center drop angle and the leather is a great choice for that wood. I have got to say that my favorite feature is the joinery in the corners. The rounded dowels are inspired.

It’s a good thing you are a master woodworker. How else could you keep up with your designs?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 02-16-2015 03:00 AM

This should be in the dictionary beside the definition of rustic, Klaus. Really like everything about it. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 02-16-2015 03:20 AM

Looks great, how did you attach the leather?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 02-16-2015 04:11 AM

I like the rustic look as well as the functionality. Looks great to me Klaus.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 02-16-2015 04:25 AM

I believe you captured the rustic look on this one. The finish is a perfect match too. You really nailed it with the protruding peg idea. I will be using that idea. Thanks Klaus

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 02-16-2015 04:26 AM

Love this one. Absolutely beautiful

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 02-16-2015 06:02 AM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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