argyle pattern box

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Project by prill369 posted 1915 days ago 1670 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I was first planning this box I wasn’t sure on the design, I mean I got the idea from a sock comercial so how good could it turn out. In the end it turned out great, far better then what I was expecting. My paster asked me to make it for him to give to his daughter, sorta wish I didn’t have to give this one away (like I say it turned out great).

It was the first time I’ve ever used purpleheart, difficult wood to work with but well worth it in the end.
Its fun watching the wood turn more and more purple over the period of a day, I was not expecting it to change that fast, I thought it was going to take a week or longer.

The woods are purpleheard, cedar and hickory

-- Prill369

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#1 posted 1915 days ago

Great Job! As one partial to boxmaking, this looks fantastic. I agree purpleheart is pretty amazing to see turn color almost before your eyes. It will get darker with age.

What are the dimensions?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 1915 days ago

I can see why you don’t want to give this up! The argyle design works really well with your choice of woods. Fine piece!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#3 posted 1915 days ago

Fantastic job! I wouldn’t give that one up either. The pattern came out really great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1915 days ago

This looks perfect great design and love the woods choices

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1915 days ago

That’s a really nice box. You’ll have to set to and make Mk2 for yourself.

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#6 posted 1915 days ago

Beautiful job. Now, can you make another? :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 1915 days ago

First time I have seen Hickory here at LJ’s.. I have some fire wood size peices that I have milled on the bandsaw but wasn’t sure how I would Use it.. gives me food for though.. combine with other timbers and make a box..thank you for the inspiration,

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 1915 days ago

Very nice looking argyle box. Yea, I think I would a kept it tool. You could always make a different, not so cool, box.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 1894 days ago


May I ask how did you get the purpleheart to go two different shades?

Box looks great, I love beautiful boxes

-- Keep your tools sharp, your mind sharper and the coffee hot

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#10 posted 1888 days ago

I’m amazed at the precision and detail of this beautiful box. I have to say that though there are many many fine boxes on LJ this one has to be amongst the very best. Keep em coming.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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