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Project by Christian Holihan posted 04-14-2015 02:14 PM 2091 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ran a piece of cherry through my bandsaw and I posted a picture of it on Facebook. A friend immediately claimed it even though I had yet to make anything with it.

The grain reminded him of a volcano and made him remember when he and his family lived in Hawaii. His daughter was getting married this summer and he thought it would make a nice wedding present. One week later, he found out his other daughter was engaged and to be married this summer. So he asked for matching boxes.

I took the original piece and made thin, mirrored boxtops. When you open them up, you can see the volcano shape. The figure was to nice to sacrifice and the shape matched the knot so well, I made it a live edge top. I chose walnut for the base/bottom because it matched the dark knot so well, and gave the box some weight. I also wanted to use the edge as a lift so I carved out a recessed area for the top to overlay the front. I used nails through the sides into predrilled holes in the top for the hinge. I epoxyed the nails into the top, clipped and filed the nails and sanded flush. Silky smooth.

Cherry tops and sides, walnut bottom, tung oil finish. Dimensions: 7×3.25×2.25

I am really proud of these. Thanks for looking.

-- Nobody deserves particle board | http://artisancare.org





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HerbC

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 03:25 PM

Absolutely gorgeous.

Keep up the good work!

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 04:20 PM

Thanks Herb! You are very kind.

-- Nobody deserves particle board | http://artisancare.org

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 04:39 PM

I really like the way you did the top. Very nice.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#4 posted 04-14-2015 04:40 PM

I really like the way you did the top. Very nice.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 06:53 PM

Cool idea!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Christian Holihan

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 07:18 PM

Thanks Jim!

and thanks Don!
and thanks Don!

-- Nobody deserves particle board | http://artisancare.org

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 08:34 PM

These look great and I really like how you fit the lid into the front of the box… very cool! What did you do for the hinges, pins?

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Christian Holihan

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#8 posted 04-14-2015 08:44 PM

Thanks Kelly. I used pins/nails. I used a very small bit to drill some holes in a test piece then tried out different sizes of nails until i found a good fit.

Here is a process shot that shows some small nails that were pretty loose and could be taken out while I was dry fitting the lid. When everything fit, I put some epoxy on the holes on the lid, tapped in the slightly bigger nails through the sides and into the lids, then clipped off the ends.

-- Nobody deserves particle board | http://artisancare.org

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#9 posted 04-14-2015 09:13 PM

Cool idea!!
What he said!

-- Ray

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#10 posted 04-14-2015 11:45 PM

Very nice pair of bookmatched top boxes. Good eye seeing the volcano!

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

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#11 posted 04-15-2015 12:21 AM

Absolutely beautiful boxes! I really like the live edge. I’m sure the sisters will just love them!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 04-15-2015 12:41 AM

Many Thanks to Ray, gradvm, and Dean.

-- Nobody deserves particle board | http://artisancare.org

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Woodbridge

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#13 posted 04-15-2015 02:11 AM

beautiful boxes. You use that piece of cherry perfectly!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 04-15-2015 07:56 AM

Beautifully showcased box lids, Christian! If they were mine, I’d leave the lids open all the time! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the Daily Top 3!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 04-15-2015 10:19 AM

Very nice. And great idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rev 22:21

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