Some more Art Deco

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Project by ruddy posted 11-20-2015 12:22 AM 2063 views 37 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a fan of much of the Art Deco period and particularly taken by the symmetry of the designs. The Chrysler Building always makes me look twice to admire the detail.
With this box I have inserted a medalion in the lid that was made from beefwood pieces I cut and assembled to form the pattern. I edged each piece with some end grain veneer to get the outline effect. In keeping with the Art Deco theme I have use a classic AD pattern to make the internal trays. The trays are lined with a purple pigskin suede that has a thin layer of foam trapped underneath the assembly. The trays are made from cedar.
The box measures 280 mm x 170 mm x 90 mm high.
The box was made from an old table top and I suspect it may be a mahogany. It has a beautiful close grain and was finished with a burnishing oil. The final finish is silky smooth which is ideal for such a tactile shaped box.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 12:26 AM

Oh,that is nice.
You have really captured some nice design elements there.
I like it.


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#2 posted 11-20-2015 12:33 AM

That is a really interesting box, I love the tray design and the hinging mechanism. What the heck is beefwood?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 12:40 AM

Another beautiful piece of art!
I too need to ask, what is “beefwood”?

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#4 posted 11-20-2015 12:50 AM

Man that’s a beautiful box! I like the AD theme, and love the lid!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 11-20-2015 01:05 AM

Oh Wow! What a fine looking piece you have created! Love the design, beautiful work all around!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 11-20-2015 01:09 AM

That design and craftmanship blows my simpleton mind. Great piece. Beautiful.

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#7 posted 11-20-2015 01:16 AM

Gorgeous box. The trays work great with it, and without it. Might try to copy those trays.

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#8 posted 11-20-2015 01:51 AM

Very nice…just beautiful

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#9 posted 11-20-2015 02:10 AM

That is beautiful. I love everything about it.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 11-20-2015 02:43 AM

Wow Ian, that is absolutely stunning!!! I am amazed. Great work and please keep it up, you are an inspiration.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#11 posted 11-20-2015 03:08 AM

Beautiful! Very sleek and stylish, you really captured the Art Deco look. Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 11-20-2015 03:57 AM

Ruddy, Very nice work – - really like this box !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#13 posted 11-20-2015 04:25 AM

I love the what you did the hinges. I’ll have to remember that technique.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 11-20-2015 04:55 AM

That is one awesome box. what a great design.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#15 posted 11-20-2015 05:30 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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