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Coffin for a mouse

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Project by dreadhead posted 06-18-2009 10:09 PM 2746 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small coffin case I made for a blown glass piece, although it would comfortably fit a mouse. This is the first box I have attempted, and it was also my first time using veneers, I learned so much making this piece. The main structure is made from 1/8th birch ply, veneered with a burl wood (not to sure what species) The the box is trimmed in walnut. There is a border of paduk veneer around the edge, to transition the colors of the wood to the fabric, and it also leaves a thin orange stripe where the two halves meet. As far as the hinges go, all I could find at my local woodcraft where little square brass hinges. The square hinges did not look right when I mounted them, so filed them into a more organic shape. There are 9 cushions inside, to comfort the piece. They are made out of a crushed velvet fabric wrapped over some medium density foam, secured to a thin piece of illustration board. the box is finished with a spray lacquer.

Thanks for Looking
-Marco
critiquing good or bad is Appreciated

-- - Marco





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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 06-18-2009 10:14 PM

Very fine craftsmanship, & it’s unique.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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spaids

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#2 posted 06-18-2009 10:18 PM

Wow man! This is outstanding. what did you cut those little pieces with?

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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dreadhead

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#3 posted 06-18-2009 10:22 PM

Thanks. I cut most of the main box with the miter saw, and band saw. the little trim I cut with a thin pull saw, and shaved them with a blade to fit tight.

-- - Marco

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degoose

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#4 posted 06-18-2009 10:26 PM

Critique,,, good work,, your whole selection of timber color and grain are very complimentary to the cushioning,, the whole is very pleasing to the eye.

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

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Kate

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#5 posted 06-18-2009 10:44 PM

I love it. Looks great.

FYI: don’t know if you did, but you should veneer both sides of the ply so you don’t get warping. Such a small box shouldn’t matter, but in general it’s important.

Nice job on the hinges.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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#6 posted 06-18-2009 10:47 PM

I can only repeat what the others have said. Beautiful job and a lot of creative details. Altering the hinges was a stroke of genius. Send us more!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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huff

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#7 posted 06-18-2009 11:00 PM

great job. the top is perfectly aligned with the box. Did you build the top and box separatly, if so, you did a super job of matching everything perfectly. Considering the shape of the box, that was a real challenge. Again, great job!

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#8 posted 06-18-2009 11:07 PM

Could you make slightly bigger one for me I am getting older by the decade and it’s about time I popped my clogs LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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dreadhead

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#9 posted 06-18-2009 11:14 PM

Thanks for all the great comments guys. Kate- Thanks for the veneer tip, il be sure to keep that in mind. Huff- as far as the lid goes, i made a sealed box and then cut the lid off on the band saw.

-- - Marco

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#10 posted 06-19-2009 02:20 AM

sweet!

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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huff

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 03:25 AM

Dreadhead, Figured that’s how you did that to get such a perfect match. I like the way you did the frame work. You did a great job.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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cylis007

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#12 posted 06-20-2009 10:09 PM

I like it!

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 12:51 AM

The absolute best mouse coffin I’ve ever seen

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#14 posted 06-21-2009 01:38 AM

I believe that the veneer is Madrone Burl. The wood comes from Oregon. A great looking box. I made a three ring binder for my daughter in law. She was in medical school and the veneer looks like veins.

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I also use that veneer along with Cherry because they are so similiar in color.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Derby

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#15 posted 06-23-2009 01:12 PM

Sweet looking box… coffin!

What is the piece inside in the 1st pic? Looks like some kind of ‘Alien Scorpion-thingy”

-- "Lumber is just sawdust in 'solid' form!"

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