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Project by whitedog posted 08-04-2009 09:42 PM 2123 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this started out as a simple little box 5×41/2×3 … then i decided to do something different with the lid, end grain with some manzinata root around it, sounded easy. the lid came out ok but was very heavy and bulky , so my fix was to curve the lid and maybe take off a little of the weight. it worked minimally but now the box didn’t look right with a large lid and small box, so i then added the two side peaces to help out. then i added the top peace to help lift the lid. overall it looks good but to me it just looks like i just kept throwing stuff at it. it’ a little bigger now 9×4 1/2×5 .

let me know what you think is it ok or does it have an identity issue.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#1 posted 08-04-2009 09:50 PM

I like it lots!!
Great job of adapting to the situation. Good ad lib….......
Love the side feet, great looking wood all around, very cool…................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 08-04-2009 09:54 PM

I like it. Lots of technique in a pretty small project. Wedge tenons, miter splines, etc. The box looks like it was cut out of the root instead of vice versa. Good work, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 08-04-2009 10:07 PM

No problems with this piece, looks great, I would have never thought of using the root!

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 10:14 PM

I so nothing at all from my point of view. EVERYTHING fits together well …..Beautiful.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 08-04-2009 10:28 PM

What an unusual design!
The wood is just beautiful and the execution is so interesting.
Nice work.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 08-04-2009 10:29 PM

this is fantastic. you did a great job! very beautiful. i love the handle and the manzanita root. very cool box. keep up the good work!

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 11:03 PM

I agree with everyone else, this is a unique piece. It definately doesn’t look like you just kept adding pieces to it, looks to me like this is what you planned all along!

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#8 posted 08-04-2009 11:04 PM

Great looking box, nice job

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#9 posted 08-04-2009 11:41 PM

thanks everyone… i tend to second guess my self when a project doesn’t end like i thought if would, and that seems to happen to me alot

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 12:56 AM

This gets my vote! Very nice organic feel to it.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Ben Kahmann

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#11 posted 08-05-2009 01:10 AM

Seems to me most projects have “design modifications” Yours looks great!

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#12 posted 08-05-2009 01:41 PM

Oh my goodness that is a sweet box and very unique style and choice of materials. I beleive that it now has a perfect sense of proportion and does not appear “thrown together” at all.
Well done. You have a distinct talent for this sort of work.

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#13 posted 08-05-2009 03:57 PM

Nice save there Whitedog! You have the knack to look at a project, see its needs, and adapt it for a an excellent recovery! I really like using the roots as the feet. Like you say, it added balance to the box. Beautiful!!

-- enjoy your wood...

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#14 posted 12-10-2009 01:27 AM

I think its awesome! Everything doesn’t have to fit the “golden ratio” to look good. Sometimes, when you finish one part, it may come out differently than you expect, so we need to add something for balance. Those are often the times when something comes out very unique and interesting. It is a very sweet and beautiful little box. Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#15 posted 07-26-2010 05:42 PM

Great design and execution! I love how the little side pieces look like a pair of feet, added to the organic curves of the lid and it really makes the whole box “come to life” in more ways than one.

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