Asian Inspired Box

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Project by Rayne posted 03-31-2015 03:38 AM 2538 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow LJ’s, Here is a rather quick project I decided to do after finding out that a former boss was leaving for our company. I was under the gun to finish this by Thursday of last week, but there really just wasn’t enough time in the day during the week to get it done, so I spent the weekend finishing it up. This box is almost exactly like that of the Woodwhisperer’s (Mark) Memorial Box, just with different species of lumber and round studs. This is made out of Ash, Black Walnut, and Tzalam (the handle). The lid is made out of ash as well, but stained with a water based mahogany stain and then the entire thing is finished with Danish Oil. I’ve never shaped anything in my life and am pleased with the result. It was a wonderful experience to form something out of wood like that.

Total cost of materials, stain, round studs (pen tubes as I couldn’t find anyone that carried the one Mark used), and oil came in under $20. Remember, the cost is relative to what was Actually used. I got a good deal on Ash from Woodcraft and the Black Walnut came from the Tampa Woodworking show as a scrap, even though it was a very evenly square blank, and I had the Tzalam, but it’s a very very small piece.

I may consider making one for my girlfriend using different species or trying different combination of contrasting colors. The key is that the lid needs to stay cheap because that thing has to be pretty Thick to shape it like that.

Anyways, I welcome any comments, critique, or questions. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 03:53 AM

That is a beautiful looking box, nicely done! I couldn’t even imagine how to shape a top to look like that. How thick was that piece of ash before you started shaping it?

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 06:04 PM

Very nice box. You made it very well also. I like this Asian style and design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 12:09 AM

Great looking box! I love the Asian look to it. I’m sure your boss loves it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 04-01-2015 12:54 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Anyone can do this. All I used was a Table Saw, Drill Press, Band Saw, $10 Wood grinder attachment from HF for the angle grinder, Orbital Sander from 60 grits and up, Pen tubes for the studs, and dowels to hold the box together. I don’t have a dowel jig, so I did my best on my Drill press; not too bad overall. I think the hardest part was actually creating the templates for the curves to mark the lid to give me a baseline of where to stop with the grinder.

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#5 posted 04-01-2015 01:08 AM

David, The lid is 1-1/2” thick. I got a really good deal on a thick slab of this Ash from Woodcraft. I have enough to make 2 more lids; all for $10. As for the shaping, Harbor Freight has an angle grinder attachment designed for Wood removal. This thing makes short work of any wood; it’s controlling just how much to remove as you go along that is hard. The one Mark used is like around $70 or more, I believe (well, that’s what I’m finding online anyways).

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 12:21 PM

Way cool.

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

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 02:28 AM

Marc would be proud. I’ve a similar idea in mind. Lots of sawdust? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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