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Project by kiefer posted 03-08-2016 04:51 PM 2337 views 8 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a proto type box design that I am working on and it sat around on the bench and when a buddy showed up he ask if I could make look old and add a hammered look to it . I was a bit puzzled but why not give it a try and this is the result and he is happy .
The box has seven degree beveled sides made from 1/2” material and compound mitre cuts at the corners .
The drawer runs on wooden slides and has a inset round handle with a simple bar as a pull .The top is solid with a rim build up on the bottom side to give a raised look and shadow line and is hinged with solid brass butt hinges and a ball chain stay . I used dark brown cloth as a liner for the interior but wished after that I would have used leather.
The hammered look was done with a small router and ball mill and finished with dark walnut oil and bees wax and a bit of sanding to give it some distress and wear appearance .
Not my favorite but the next box will have the design features like the shape and angled drawer front etc. .
In the end it was nice to make someone smile and happy and that is what it’s all about !


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 05:06 PM

I actually really like the texturing. Most texturing attempts don’t work, but here, again, you’ve come through with a very acceptable, nice actually, approach. It takes a “regular” sort of box and adds interest. And, in this case, the design is nice too. So, I really like it. The chain and phillips screws, not so much, (a bias I confess to) but still a more than nice box. Wish I had thought of the texturing method. LOL You always impress.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 06:00 PM

I agree with not my favorite but it must be nice to make someone smile and happy and that is what it’s all about.

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

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 06:37 PM

As lovely as usual. I like contemplating your work ! You always come up with cool surprises that makes it impossible not to look at each of your projects.



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#4 posted 03-08-2016 06:52 PM


I like the fact that your pushing your personal limits and doing the next step. I agree with what Serge said “contemplating your work”. Which makes it art over craft.

When I look at this I wonder if I would ever have the patience? LOL!

Thanks for showing the way!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 06:52 PM

You have created a nice look. It is really a theme and look you should pursue further.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 07:36 PM

Beautiful touch and I’m sure your customer was thrilled.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 07:38 PM

Up close I really like it but the first small pictures don’t do it justice.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 08:05 PM

Thanks Roger
I agree that the shape of the box is good and is a good model for a future box but other then the texturing it is not much and the chain a Phillips screws OH WELL .

Thanks Jan
It’s the smile that counts on this one !

Thanks Serge
I will make another box like this for you to contemplate and hope you will also make a box soon and post it .

Thanks Thomas
Make a box and you will acquire Patience and they are also a lot fun and I hate to admit it but addictive

Thanks Peter
I have to agree I like the shape and layout of the box and a future box will be based on this proto type with what I have learned from this one .

Thanks Jay
Yes he liked it and gave me a big smile that told me he was happy with it .

Thanks HTL
I have to agree but pictures are hard to get right and to show the true impression .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 09:01 PM

I keep going back and forth over whether I like it or not. On thing for certain, it isn’t boring.


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#10 posted 03-08-2016 09:11 PM

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 03-08-2016 09:23 PM

Sure is a unique look! Keep ‘em coming.

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#12 posted 03-08-2016 09:56 PM

If your friend is happy and you picked up some ideas …... it was a good experiment.
I’m with Roger, kind of like the texture, it is certainly well done. I’m afraid I also agree with him about the chain. I really think that chains ruin a lot of otherwise nice boxes. Anyway my overall “feel” is I like it.
I look forward to seeing how you take what you like about this one and make it sing as I know you will.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#13 posted 03-08-2016 10:42 PM

Thanks Rick
It isn’t boring but a proto type model but someone likes it .

Thanks John
Thanks for looking and commenting

Thanks Dave
More to come with this design I am sure .

Thanks Paul
I wish I had used a black chain to go with the old look but that was not the point of this box .
What I was looking for is a box without a tray but a drawer and the sloped sides and I like all that in this design experiment and also wound up with a present to give to someone .I guess I got a smile and a win win overall .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 03-08-2016 11:22 PM

I really like the texture…

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#15 posted 03-09-2016 12:21 AM

I really like the texturing and the overall shape of the box is great too.

So, what kind of bit did you use?

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