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Project by Triumph1 posted 03-31-2015 03:23 PM 3312 views 13 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Designed around the look of how aluminum is extruded into shapes, the “Extrude” boxes represent the next step in mass furniture production. Just load up the light or dark material, push it though the die and out comes beautiful furniture. Sometimes I believe this is how the masses see the process. Blinded by cheap, easily made furniture from the big box stores. These boxes go out to all the craftsmen out there who know what it really takes to create beautiful woodwork. You have my respect and admiration.

The back of the dark boxes were carved from a large glue up of black walnut topped by a carved piece of curly maple. The die portion was created using black walnut, 0.187” thick aluminum plates and polished stainless steel screws. The grain is continuous around the die. The text was created using letter punches and black dyed epoxy as a filler. The box portion was created from Baltic birch veneered with black walnut burl. The veneer was cut so that it is continuous around the entire box. The edging is hard maple and uses a three way miter technique on the corners.. The drawer was created from black walnut with hard maple accent dowels. I routed grooves in the drawer sides to mimic striations that would occur during an extrusion process. The lid is a glue up of alternating layers of veneer with a black walnut burl last layer. Solid black walnut edging and black dyed maple and hard maple accents.

The back of the light boxes were carved from a large glue up of hard maple topped by a carved piece of flame black walnut. The die portion was created using hard maple, 0.187” thick aluminum plates and polished stainless steel screws. The grain is continuous around the die. The text was created using letter punches and black dyed epoxy as a filler. The box portion was created from Baltic birch veneered with Tamo ash. The veneer was cut so that it is continuous around the entire box. The edging is black walnut and uses a three way miter technique on the corners. The drawer was created from curly maple with black walnut accent dowels. I routed grooves in the drawer sides to mimic striations that would occur during an extrusion process. The lid is a glue up of alternating layers of veneer with a hand cut quilted maple veneer last layer. Solid curly maple edging and black dyed maple and hard maple accents.

Each box is approximately 18” x 11” x 9”. The Die sections have approximately 12.5 pounds of ballast in them to prevent tipping. I was inspired by Terry Evans for the carving of the rear sections. They were finished with three coats of Danish oil with 0000 steel wool sanding in between each coat. This was topped with two buffings of BriWax.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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Earlextech

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#1 posted 03-31-2015 03:33 PM

I saw these at The Woodworking Show! Really well done.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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SPalm

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#2 posted 03-31-2015 03:50 PM

Very very nice Jeff.
Excellent design and finish. What a cool mind you have.

Can you extrude power tools too? That would be cool.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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shipwright

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#3 posted 03-31-2015 04:03 PM

Brilliant Jeff!
Reminds me of a 3D printer (21st century extruder) but with more precision.
Can you drive the material through with a big mallet or do you have to press it evenly with a screw press?
It sure looks like it makes beautiful boxes however you are forcing it through.

Thanks for the smile.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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jshroyer

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#4 posted 03-31-2015 04:11 PM

Very cool. i love watching those pieces extrude.

-- http://semiww.org/

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Triumph1

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#5 posted 03-31-2015 04:23 PM

Thanks guys! Steve..sorry man, no power tools. Maybe Extrude 2.0 can do it! Paul…I picture a large eastern European woman wearing a hairnet and pushing with a large stick…kind of like making sausage (and before I get hate mail I am joking).

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 03-31-2015 04:39 PM

Jeff,

Thought you never made two of the same thing? LOL! now I have to choose? Went over the 45 projects. You are always on the edge.

By the way you don’t work at the Johnson’s Wax Building? :<)

It will be another Top3

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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tyvekboy

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#7 posted 03-31-2015 05:04 PM

Too funny. Very creative. Love it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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majuvla

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#8 posted 03-31-2015 06:02 PM

Great design. It took me some time to figure what is where.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-31-2015 06:11 PM

WOW this has got to be my favorite piece in a very long time

The story, the end result, wood choice, design it is all so amazing I love it

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

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longgone

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#10 posted 03-31-2015 06:27 PM

Jeff…now you are going to have many woodworkers trying to build a hydraulic woodworking wood-squeezer for their shop. Very nice creation….

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mrg

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#11 posted 03-31-2015 07:13 PM

When I first looked at them I thought they were a take on a bellows camera. But after reading your essay, I get it.

Very Cool work.

-- mrg

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#12 posted 03-31-2015 08:12 PM

These are amazing and I think they tell a neat story!

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#13 posted 03-31-2015 08:28 PM

well you out did yourself jeff, i love the carving and then the box side, so detailed with it all, its beautiful.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Woodbridge

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#14 posted 03-31-2015 11:38 PM

Jeff, your imagination and design genius never fails to amaze me. You are certainly one of the most creative woodworkers I have ever seen, with craftsmanship to match.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 03-31-2015 11:55 PM

Beautiful workmanship that makes a great statement with humor.

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

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