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Ribbon and Bow Box (Re-Mastered)

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Project by Lenny posted 06-24-2016 12:16 AM 2276 views 10 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a long time since I have made one of these boxes. The idea for it comes from a 2010 issue of the now defunct American Woodworker magazine. While the ribbon and bow are true to the original, I came up with my own design for the box, which is made from hard maple. The box measures 11 inches long by 7-1/2 inches wide by 3-1/2 inches tall, not including the bow. I went with mitered corners, reinforced with keys. Since I wanted the ribbon and bow to be showcased, the keys are also maple. The ribbon and bow are made from mahogany and maple, and I did not continue the ribbon under the box. The lid can be left open via a stop hinge and I lined the bottom with black felt. The finish is several coats of spray shellac followed by Howard Feed-n-Wax which is a blend of beeswax, carnauba wax and orange oil.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





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#1 posted 06-24-2016 12:28 AM

Very well done…

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#2 posted 06-24-2016 12:33 AM

Nice job. Neat to see a ribbon box again, it seems like it’s been a while.

I would like more info on your hinge. Is it a piano type hinge? Brass with a stop?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-24-2016 12:36 AM

I’ve always like these. Watched it on the woodsmith shop recently… Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-24-2016 01:05 AM

That is really nice. I’d be happy to have that displayed in my home. Very well done.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 06-24-2016 01:38 AM

Thanks everyone. Steve, I believe I got the hinge through Lee Valley. It’s a brass plated “small box stop hinge”. They sell them in various lengths. Ken, I DVR and watch every episode of The Woodsmith Shop and have never seen one with a box like this. Are you certain it was that show?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 06-24-2016 01:53 AM

Lenny, that is truly beautiful.

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#7 posted 06-24-2016 02:00 AM

Very nicely done the colors you picked the match with each other just awesome

-- dale

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#8 posted 06-24-2016 03:09 AM

Wow – very nice. I’m going to have to google how to add a ribbon to my next box project. The combination of wood types you used looks great.

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#9 posted 06-24-2016 03:54 AM

A Great Job Lenny. I remember seeing some of your earlier ribbon boxes when I visited and still find them amazing. I still have the plans you provided but have not had the opportunity to dive in and try one. Just a matter of priorities I guess. I enjoy seeing your craftsmanship. Hope all is well with you and your family.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 06-24-2016 09:17 AM

That is a good looking box, well done Lenny

-- Vince

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#11 posted 06-24-2016 09:25 AM

Thank you to all for the comments. It’s always nice to hear from you John! All is well here and I hope that’s true for you and yours.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#12 posted 06-24-2016 11:00 AM

really nice looking box. I think I still have that issue of AW but have never been brave enough to attempt one of these.

Very well done, sir… very well done.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 06-24-2016 12:30 PM

Truly amazing. I just love the bow! So exquisite!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 06-24-2016 12:52 PM

Thanks Matt. Enjoy your summer!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#15 posted 06-24-2016 01:33 PM

beautiful

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