Banksia Nuts and Teak

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Project by ruddy posted 03-07-2015 07:33 AM 1790 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted an Art Deco box here recently that showed a new hinge style that I have been using.This box uses the same hinge technique and is a conventional rectangular box where the lid is cut off after assembly.
The hinge design gives a nice clean look to the rear of the box and also when the box is open you also get a neat appearance. I chose to make the hinge and the lifts from a crushed acrylic to get some further contrast.
The box is made from some beautiful teak and the inlay in the lid is made with banksia nuts. All the mitre splines and the borders around the banksia nuts are done in purple heart.
The hinge colour was chosen to compliment the purple heart and that theme was extended to both the finger lift for the lid and also on the tray lift.
The box is lined with a red pigskin suede.
I previously posted some details on the construction of the hinge here
The method of the hinge build virtually guarantees perfect alignment between base and lid.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 09:23 AM

Stunning! I like the Banksia nut slices in the lid. They are quite different and go so well with the rest of the box.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 11:25 AM

the banksia pod material looks super. great idea!

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 11:49 AM

Great looking box and design. I wold never have thought of using a Banksia nut slices in a box like that. Very cool and looks great.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 12:57 PM

Ruddy, Seems your fans really like the Banksia nuts! But for me, it’s the hinge—great hinge ! : ) very nice little box throughout. Thanks for sharing ! Hope things are going well down under.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 01:09 PM

Nice all around.
The nuts show better than I would have thought.
And that hinge is fantastic.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 03-07-2015 03:00 PM

That is a beautiful box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 03:04 PM

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 03:07 PM

Awesome idea using the Banksia. Great hinge also. Nicely done.

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

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 05:05 PM

Ian, this is simply stunning workmanship and design. I am so impressed with your choice of materials and your craftsmanship. Amazing – 5 stars.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 08:02 PM

Nicely done
Interesting hinge and the bankisa nut slices are a nice treat as a boxtop decoration .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 03-08-2015 12:48 AM

Ruddy, You have done it again! Those nut slices on the lid are very cool. The hinge is interesting and looks like it belongs. Keep posting your creations so I’‘ll have something to aspire to.

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

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#12 posted 03-08-2015 02:17 AM

gorgeous box. the inlay is outstanding.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 05:24 AM


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#14 posted 03-08-2015 01:36 PM

This is fantastic Ruddy.

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

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#15 posted 03-09-2015 12:56 AM

I like the use of banksia pods—Very good. I’ll have to remember this for the next box I make. Thanks for the idea.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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