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Project by ShannonRogers posted 1768 days ago 2244 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a comissioned project to build a memorial urn for her two departed Golden Retrievers. The box is made with traditional Japanese Kiri or Paulownia wood and the drawer side and lids are made from Japanese Cypress. I got all the Tansu hardware from Lee Valley and did the carving using a simple V tool and some gouges. I used Transtint dye to darken the recessed carving then sanded away the color from the main part of the box to set the carving off. The Kanji script on the top means “best friend”. I had a lot of fun with this project and took video of the entire build and released a few podcasts over at my Renaissance Woodworker blog. They are episodes 40 and 41 http://rogersfinewoodworking.com/blog/?p=174

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Mateo

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#1 posted 1768 days ago

I watched the podcast on this. I was really good. Thanks for sharing this here and on your podcast.

-- Mateo

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mtkate

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#2 posted 1768 days ago

Very neat. From afar (without glasses) the first pic looked like cow hide! You’ll have to use your imagination if you don’t see it.

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Loucarb

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#3 posted 1768 days ago

Nicely done

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Durnik150

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#4 posted 1768 days ago

Very well done! The decision to go with the Tansu hardware was a good one. I have only seen that on your piece and then on the WoodWhisperer. The more I see, the more I like. You did a great job with the trans tint dye as well.

Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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happy_budah

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#5 posted 1768 days ago

are those (japanese dovetails) the dovetails that are based on 75 degrees and truly lock together? hard to tell with the hardware. if so how did you set up for them. i also like the tansu hardware and would like to try it someday

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#6 posted 1768 days ago

Cool Tansu box well done

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#7 posted 1767 days ago

Very nice video, well done. Nice tansu box, well made, well explained.

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

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stefang

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#8 posted 1763 days ago

Wonderful box Shannon. That tansu hardware was perfect for the style. I like the pinned drawer joints and the carving too. Good idea with the sliding lids with recessed handles.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 1727 days ago

nice job

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

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#10 posted 1713 days ago

Hey mtkate, I’m with you I don’t have my glasses on either and thats what I thought it was at first glance to. I thought oh cool somebody covered that in cow hide. L.O.L. After reading what you wrote I went and got my glasses, Oh I see said the blind man L.O.L. Very cool I liked this one a lot The metal with the wood very nice effect. Thanks for sharing Shannon.

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