Padauk,Sycamore & Blackwood Box

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Project by Dalbergian posted 08-28-2009 07:56 AM 2506 views 17 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a box I made utilising a quite stunning piece of African Padauk,the black line running through the center makes me drool every time I see it.The main carcase is made from Sycamore with very mild spalting,not enough to give black lines but enough to cause some staining.I added the Blackwood to tie the Sycamore & Padauk together as I felt it needed a little extra something…
The hingepin is 3mm sterling silver wire & there is some of the lovely orangy-brown leather I normaly use for my backdrop lining the bottom.

inquiries welcome

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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#1 posted 08-28-2009 10:53 AM

I loves Padauk. Wooden hinges too. Great box.

I have a 3/4” thick by 6” wide by 6 ft piece of Padauk, it has a nice flowing arch of a lighter streak running from one end to the other, almost perfectly symmetrical can’t bring myself to cut it.

The lighter part is about 3inches wide in the middle, tapering down to each end. I do have a 5’ w by 8’ h stained glass window. I have been thinking of putting it over the top.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 12:28 PM

Nice and tight. keep posting… I am interested to see where you are coming from and going to.
I like the accents in the corners and especially the wooden hinges… I am making a box from mango wood and am tempted to attempt my first wooden hinges. It needs to be finished this week so may end up with normal butt hinges.. am busy with a lot of other things at the moment.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 12:59 PM

Very Nice. The wood contrast is wonderful.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 01:28 PM

great looking box .
the contrast is complimentary .
the detailing superb !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 02:20 PM

Sweet. Lots of nice design elements in there.

Good Job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 02:33 PM

Great design,overall its very elegant.The grain of the Paduak is like a sunset.
Wonderful piece.

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

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 02:46 PM

Beautiful design and use of materials. I love this one!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 02:50 PM

Nice box! I love the corner accents, hinges and handle. I find that its the little accents that make the box stand out. This one definitely stands out! Thanks.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 02:51 PM

Wow that is nice!! Love those hinges…..and strange how that really does look like a sun set

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 04:34 PM

yelome to yumberyocks

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

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#11 posted 08-28-2009 05:33 PM

Very nice box! The Padauk with the black streak is quite beautiful. I like the color combinations too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 05:39 PM

Wonderful box. I know a lot of thought went into its design. The top has great depth and I love sycamore. I think it is a much underrated wood. The hinges put it over the top. A favorite :0)

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#13 posted 08-28-2009 06:46 PM

great looking box… i like those hinges a lot.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#14 posted 08-28-2009 07:53 PM

It came out fantastic. The hinges really give it that WOW.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#15 posted 08-28-2009 10:13 PM

Very elegant box, nicely executed. Good balance and some nice surpises.
How are the hinges mounted. Are the outside hinge sides curved?

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