lao lun

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Project by schugi posted 01-09-2016 05:41 AM 1507 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that I made for my niece Lauren for Christmas. Her name in Chinese is inlaid with black colored epoxy on the underside of the lid. In english it translates to lao lun. I googled it and checked with our Chinese engineer at work to make sure I wasn’t spelling out soup, or something worse.

It is made from walnut and maple and measures 12 1/2” wide, 8 3/4” deep and 6” high. The lining is black velvet. I was going to make a wooden knob for the tray, but I found a metal “bamboo” one that seemed to fit this perfectly.

Anyone that has been on this site for any length of time can see that the inspiration for this piece came from Kiefer (Klaus). I would like to thank him for the guidance he provided.

To make the pyramids I used a router table with a 45 degree v bit, and an Incra Jig fence. I did one pass at a shallow depth and then raised the bit to the full height for the second/final pass to prevent burning and tearout.

My niece took the first 5 photos. She has a very good camera and actual photography skills. I took that last one.

This turned out to also be a tribute to my father who after a long battle with cancer passed away over the holidays. Without his lifelong passion for this hobby and his encouragement, I don’t know if I would have ever found my way into woodworking.

Thank you for looking.

-- Chuck, Minnesota

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#1 posted 01-09-2016 05:47 AM

Nice piece of work, very pretty box !

-- Gotta love wood !

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#2 posted 01-09-2016 07:54 AM

(First thought; Klaus)

Very nice Chuck. You also gave it your own touch.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 01-09-2016 11:56 AM

Nice work.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 01-09-2016 01:11 PM

Wow! Simple stunning… at a loss for any other words. Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian in Texas

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#5 posted 01-09-2016 01:21 PM

Chuck, a stunning piece. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 01-09-2016 01:23 PM

very Nice box.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 01-09-2016 02:59 PM

great looking box

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-09-2016 03:22 PM

Great box, nice detail and pleasing to the eye.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-09-2016 04:13 PM

beautifully done – very thoughtful gift

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 01-09-2016 05:51 PM

Very oriental look (to me) and love the pyramids. Sooner or later I’m going to try this technique as it just amazes me. Sorry for your loss of a loved one…...

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#11 posted 01-09-2016 06:20 PM

Nice box, your design was exicuted very well.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#12 posted 01-09-2016 06:54 PM

Very well done, great design with texture and contrasting woods. This should last Lauren a lifetime.

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#13 posted 01-09-2016 07:04 PM

Beautiful Chinese style box. Realy interesting details especialy those pyramides.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 01-10-2016 12:17 AM

Great box. Looks fabulous.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#15 posted 01-10-2016 12:28 AM

Very nice design and embellishments.

Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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