Kitchen utensil box

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Project by JSOvens posted 01-18-2016 06:55 AM 1161 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This here is a kitchen utensil box. I made it because one of our kitchen drawers is overcrowded. It actually started about two years ago when I made a couple such boxes (different design) as gifts. My wife really liked them, so I promised I would make her one. Well, now I’ve finally fulfilled that promise!

The box walls are made up of Wenge and Maple laminated together (Wenge on the outside, Maple on the inside). The reasoning for this is because When I resawed and remilled the Wenge, the panels turned out much too thin, so I added Maple to build up the thickness. I actually really like how that turned out. The corner posts are made from Padauk, and were shaped based on Mark Spagnuolo’s gadget station.

If you pay close attention to the first two images, you might notice something interesting about the grain pattern of the Wenge. I resawed a board into two halves, leading to the bookmatch seen in the first photo, and cut the two thinner panels such that the grain would be continuous as seen in the second photo. This causes an effect where the cathedral grain sort of “hugs” the box. This is probably my favourite feature of this box. In addition, I got a piece of Wenge which was quite light compared to the nearly black colour it usually exhibits.

If you want to see more details about its construction, visit my blog series on this project here. Thanks for taking the time to check it out!

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 05:28 AM

very nice product! simple, but very effective…

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 03:15 PM

Nice piece – adding a bit of functional elegance to your everyday life . Well done Jeffrey.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 01-19-2016 03:22 PM

It’s a beautiful design and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 06:03 PM

Thanks for the kind words, it was a lot of fun!

-- Jeffrey S. Ovens, Canada

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 06:33 PM

Nice corners! Interesting design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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