Boxes Of The Orient

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Project by Richard posted 12-14-2009 02:59 AM 1844 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two boxes that I made as Christmas gifts. I tried to give them an oriental flair. The bases are made from poplar and the tops from quilted maple. The base is basic miter construction. On the smaller box I tilted my table saw blade at eight degrees and sawed off the sides. For the larger box I again tilted my blade at eight degrees but only raised the blade to the center point of the box. I then cut all four sides flipped the box upside down and made the same cuts again. For the lids I set my blade at 45 degrees and slowly snuck up on the proper size. For the finish I used an oil based black paint on the bases. On the tops I started with a mixture of black transtint dye and water. I then sanded to 220. I repeated this step three times sanding after each application. Here is what it looks like after an application of the black dye.

After the black I applied three coats of a water and red transtint dye mixture. I then applied three coats of polyurethane to seal the deal. I did this to both the top and bottom of the lids and painted the sides black. My camera gives the lids a bit of an orange tint, but they are red in person. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 03:27 AM

Very impressed with your project. Nice touch with the angled saw cuts, never would of thought of that. The top is impressive, being bright red. Love it!

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 04:25 AM

sweet the pic before the last one shows the red tops nice work.

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 04:53 AM

yep, nice boxes. striking contrast. Now….. about that humidor…? ;)

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 05:20 PM

Yep, nice boxes like your quilted maple. Some happy pesent openers this year.

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 12:20 AM


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