Wood too thin?....No problem

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Project by jbschutz posted 07-16-2016 08:45 PM 1358 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood too thin?....No problem. So, a woodworking buddy gave me two pieces of very thin….about 1/16 inch thick…. figured maple. I tucked it away, hoping that I might find a use for them….maybe as veneer on a project. I have always liked Asian influence pieces, and I thought that I could use it as the screening material in a shoji screen-look box. The framework is 1/4 by 3/8 inch walnut glued to the maple sheeting. The corner joints are a rabbet joint, and the bottom is set into a quarter inch dado. The lift-off lid is built in the same fashion with a 1/4 inch slab of walnut nesting into the interior of the box.
The box is 8 inches by 5 inches and 3 inches tall. Small walnut feet give the box a lighter feel.
Finished in hand-rubbed satin poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 07-16-2016 08:58 PM

very nice

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 07-16-2016 10:29 PM

Great looking box! I definitely like that figured maple with the walnut—very striking combination!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 07-16-2016 11:11 PM

John, what a beautiful save. The wood is spectacular and the lines are very Eastern in feel. I like the look.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-16-2016 11:47 PM

Nice work John! Love the curly maple…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 07-17-2016 12:35 AM

Nice little box John .
I love projects that are built with a defined amount of material which tend to dictate the shape and design .
Well done and the combination of the curly maple and walnut works really well for this design .
You certainly got the Asian look with this .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 07-17-2016 01:26 AM

Beautiful work! Love the contrast in the woods!

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#7 posted 07-17-2016 04:06 AM

Concur on the contrasting woods to make a beautiful box.

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#8 posted 07-17-2016 11:57 AM

Really nice box. The wood combination really goes great together.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 07-17-2016 01:30 PM

Great work. Very well used thin boards, very smart execution.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-17-2016 01:46 PM

good thinking nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 07-17-2016 04:30 PM

It’s a beautiful box and a nice design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-17-2016 09:09 PM

Beautiful box!!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#13 posted 07-18-2016 11:47 AM

Very Nice, I like how it came together.

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#14 posted 07-19-2016 12:34 AM

John, it came out beautifully, what a stunning design!

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#15 posted 07-23-2016 12:51 AM

Gr8 solution. Super nice box

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