Lidded-ded Box

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-24-2016 09:13 AM 1310 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little (4” Tall) Lidded-ded Box is made of Sycamore. The lid is also Sycamore. The lid on the lid is Mahogany and Spalted Maple. It’s finished in BLO and Shellac. The lid has a secret compartment. Hence, the lid on the lid. The lid’s lid started as two hunks of wood, Spalted Maple and Mahogany, each about 15/16” thick by about 2-1/2” by about 3-1/2”. Yeah. It as a lot of work. I’m pleased with it.
I spent as much time editing these photographs as I spent making the piece. The black t-shirt I’ve mentioned as traditionally being my photographic backdrop turned gray because I laundered it. So, instead of being able to simply tweak the contrast to make any dust or lint spots go away, leaving a jet-black background, I had to click click click a lasso around the piece (around 100 clicks per shot) to make the background I wanted. I think I’ll change backdrops for the next piece.

Would it kill you to acquire a bit of velvet?

Mebees. You never know.

By way of acknowledging where I got the idea for a lidded box with a secret compartment, I include a video of a master of the technique. I have to go find it. Wait here a minute…
It took me awhile, but I found it. It’s in two parts.

My lids don’t fit as tightly as his. I’ll do better next time.
And, oh. There’s a captive ring. I was, however, able to get them to balance together in a photogenic way.

There’s a view of the secret compartment in the lid, with the lid’s lid, balanced on the lid’s side.

And, just cause I feel it behooves me to spread the musical love, a little tune, to play us out.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-24-2016 11:24 AM

Very original idea with multiple cups.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Humus Workshop

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#2 posted 05-24-2016 11:36 AM

Beautiful piece, great work.

-- Think, make and share.

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#3 posted 05-24-2016 11:55 AM

Nice box Mark, clever use of the hidden compartment, definitely a one of piece.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 05-24-2016 12:01 PM

Very cool, Mark.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 05-24-2016 12:50 PM

Very unique. I like secret compartments and false bottoms, etc.

I was wondering if the shots were take in incandescent light because sycamore is more white when I use it. I noticed a big difference in the coloring of the last 2 bowls I made using natural light vs. incad. light.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-24-2016 01:05 PM

A beautiful secret hidden in that box. That will be a new twist in some future lid turnings of mine. Great to share Mark. Nice work Mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 05-24-2016 01:41 PM

Sweet little box!

I tried captive rings a long time ago. I used a modified file to create a similar tool. An Allen wrench would have been better and easier to shape the grind.

I believe that guitar is bigger than the musician!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 05-24-2016 01:52 PM

Mark, I really do like this box. You did a fine job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 05-24-2016 03:35 PM

Verrry interesting. Like it !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#10 posted 05-24-2016 04:59 PM

The art of presentation often equals the art of the piece. Nicely done.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 05-24-2016 08:02 PM

Certainly a point of difference with this piece Mark, Don’t think I’ve seem a design like this before, very well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 05-24-2016 08:06 PM

Thank you. Thank. And, also, thank you.
Jim, fluorescent lights. It might not be Sycamore. I’m guessing.
Lew, I don’t have a “ring tool.” I just create a bead, then go in behind it as well as I can with what I do have – fingernail spindle gouge; spear point; the corner of a 1/2” roughing gouge. Then, I cut it loose, usually with a dental pick. That’s why they don’t come out round. I’m thinking about making something like a “ring tool.” The first video I saw of Luciano I saw, he was playing an acoustic guitar, much better-matched to his size, with a Sponge Bob sticker on it.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 05-24-2016 10:48 PM

as usual mark another very nice job.that secret lid makes me wonder what you intended it be used for though,i have my suspicions.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 05-25-2016 01:57 AM

Looks big but its tiny, I am use to turning larger projects, more difficult to turn small, though. For a black back drop I have been using a black towel from Walmart. I had bought a black one so one couldn’t see that I didn’t get my hand squeeky clean in my rush. One might safe a 100 clicks, adds up after while. You did a great job by the way, did you use your steady rest.. Don’t think you posted it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 05-25-2016 03:48 AM

Great pictures Mark. Really shows the detail in this project.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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