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Project by Jorgearaujo posted 07-16-2015 05:57 PM 1064 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is a Birthday gift for my Mom, she does a lot of Crochet Amigurumi (crochet figures) and wanted a good way to store her hooks. She has all kinds of hooks, metal ones, metal ones with handles and I make her some “fancy” wood ones (as she calls them). So I wanted to make her a nice box. This box is made out of cherry, the top has a huge knot that I filled with a tinted Epoxy and really makes a big statement I think. (wish I had photographed it!!!) the corners I joined with a, well a modified box joint. Basically a box joint with the fingers “missing” in the center to give a cool design look, Im sure I saw that somewhere but I couldn’t find or remember where to give credit for the look. The inside has a Red Suede Leather lining and has two levels… well actually there are 3 lined levels… the very bottom of the box is lined, then level 2 has lined dividers for individual hooks, and level 3 also has lined dividers but is only a half level, that slides side to side (Like a tool box) so you can see what is under it and its easily removable she can take her “most used” hooks with her and not have to move the whole box. The second level is also removable but it has a piston fit and is made to stay in, the reason I made it removable is so that its not lock into the “Hook” dividers.
I finished it with just padded on shellac and I used EEE Ultra Shine Paste Wax to buff it out. This is the first time I have used EEE Ultra Shine on a box and it worked out really nice, Its mostly a woodturning product but worked really well to buff out the Shellac.

I made a youtube video series of 6 videos (1 intro and 5 construction), if you want to watch the whole process here is the link to my playlist. If you just want to see the box and a brief description of how it works and all just watch the intro video.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsfKjy2iAxW-VCLIXxjQjKd4C-Jl2jKVX

Well thank you very much for looking and I hope to here you comments.





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#1 posted 07-17-2015 04:23 AM

Jorge,

The box is really beautiful! So many nice details and so finely crafted! Your mother has to be simply delighted with such a lovely gift.

Can you share with us the approximate size?

L/W

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 04:31 AM

Jorge,

Can you share with us the approximately size?

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 07-17-2015 05:26 AM

Yes of course the box is approx. 9” x 12” (interior) the space between dividers is just under 1”.

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#4 posted 07-17-2015 01:44 PM

I like the proportions of the finger joints on this and the knot on the lid gives great character. thanks for sharing.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#5 posted 07-17-2015 04:58 PM

It’s a beauty and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#6 posted 07-18-2015 09:55 AM

Jorge, this box looks like a labor of love. You put a lot of thought into this design and the cherry will get an even deeper, richer color with time. I really like your corner technique. It gives this box a unique look. The bowed front lift is a nice touch. I would have rounded the corners and edges a bit more, but I have been accused of making all my projects look like a used bar of soap.

Looks like you have moved ahead in your finish technique. Nice work. Your finish looks great. Since boxes get handled so much I like a more durable finish. This links to my method if you want to know.

I am sure your mom will enjoy using this and will be pleasantly reminded of you every time she does. What a nice, thoughtful gift. You should be proud of this fine work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 03:11 PM

Thank you very much…. yes I spent a lot of time designing this box… Its funny you like rounded edges and I tend to like straight lines and hard chamfers…LOL! Adding the curved front as a lift, was a real departure for me, but I think it turned out nice.. Yeah I can’t wait to see it in a year or so when the cherry gets that rich dark color. About the finish… I have worked pretty hard trying to get better at it… its still not perfect but I am getting better… I chose Shellac mainly because I love the look of it, I know its not as durable as say a poly but I think it will be durable enough for a box, unless it ends up in the attic under a bunch of stuff in the future, LOL!. Thank you for your comments.

Jorge, this box looks like a labor of love. You put a lot of thought into this design and the cherry will get an even deeper, richer color with time. I really like your corner technique. It gives this box a unique look. The bowed front lift is a nice touch. I would have rounded the corners and edges a bit more, but I have been accused of making all my projects look like a used bar of soap.

Looks like you have moved ahead in your finish technique. Nice work. Your finish looks great. Since boxes get handled so much I like a more durable finish. This links to my method if you want to know.

I am sure your mom will enjoy using this and will be pleasantly reminded of you every time she does. What a nice, thoughtful gift. You should be proud of this fine work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy


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