A Little Asian Influence - Hand Tools Only

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Project by Timmy2Hands posted 02-25-2016 03:49 PM 880 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My lastest creation started out as an exercise in getting banding to meet perfectly at the mitered corners. As the project moved forward it decidedly needed some feet and from there the Japanese style handle finished it off.
I used Cherry, Walnut, and Maple.
As always with my projects, it’s all done with hand tools only.

-- Tim

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#1 posted 02-25-2016 06:13 PM

Really nice Tim. Looks like you carried the grain around the sides, nice touch.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 02-25-2016 06:35 PM

Tim, nice work. The handle and the feet do a fine job of setting this box off. You didn’t post any dimensions, so it is difficult to tell actual size. But, it looks somehow a little tall for an Oriental-styled look. I like the stripe and the colors you chose. The finish looks good. The fit on the boards looks great. This has a lot of joints to get right. Nice job on that.

Have you considered having some trays or dividers inside the box? I find that recycled wooden Venetian blinds work well for me when I need dividers. At 1/8 inch they are the same thickness as my saw blades and are pre-finished. I envy you your skill with hand tools, and am glad there are people like you who keep those traditional skills alive and well. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 06:52 PM

Thanks Al,
The box dimensions are 9” wide, 4 1/2” deep, and 4 1/2” tall plus the feet and handle.

I didn’t have a full plan for this box when I started it, I was just practicing gluing panels together and getting the banding to match up at the corners. Once I was happy with it I just allowed myself to move forward with some design aspects that just kind of felt right for it.
I’ve started working on interior fit-ups on some other projects and I may revisit that idea on this one too.
I’ve only been at it for about 10 months and so everything is still a learning exercise for me.

-- Tim

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 08:53 PM

An exercise in patience and perseverance! Love the curly maple bling! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 12:42 AM

On a scale of 1 – 10, I think you’ve hit about a 12 here.
I understand the “Evolving Box” concept, as I often ‘design as I build’, and let the wood and the box tell me how it wants to look like.
Your youth and lack of experience is hidden in this piece … Ya done well pal.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#6 posted 02-26-2016 01:20 AM

Hi Candy, Thanks.

Thanks Grumpy! I really appreciate the kind words.

-- Tim

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#7 posted 02-26-2016 05:07 AM

Asian influance is clear and you’ve applyed it very well. I like that asian style handle and corner legs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 02-26-2016 06:05 AM

Thank you Ivan.

-- Tim

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#9 posted 02-26-2016 11:37 PM

Okay, I want to make one of these!! That looks fantastic!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#10 posted 02-28-2016 02:42 PM

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