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Project by mgb_2x posted 01-11-2010 02:47 AM 1683 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I admired a box (400 Wood Boxes book page 286) made of Koa that used a herringbone/basket weave pattern in the top. So I figured I should give the idea a try. I have done many boxes using a typical subway tile pattern and those are pretty easy, this pattern is a bit more tricky. With all of the pieces at 90 degrees to each other and at a 45 to what would be the side, it was like herding cats, push them one way they slide in a different direction. It did not take me long to realize I needed a fixture to hold them all in oder. There is a picture of the simple little jig I made to hold it all together. This style does require a bit more time to cut all the parts. I basically made strips 3/4 high and plane them to .500 thick as precisely as possible. Then I created a cut off station on the table saw to cut them as close to 1.000 in length as possible. Then the fun starts gluing it all together. Once they are all in position I did some fine tuning adding a clamp here and there to get the herd all “squeezed up”. The pieces include walnut, silver maple, oak, cherry, bubinga, wenge, rosewood, tiger wood and lacewood. I like the end result and will do some more. Wish I could do it in Koa but here in central Illinois that goes for about $100 a bf.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove





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Bradford

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#1 posted 01-11-2010 03:25 AM

Way cool design. That will definitely do. Bookmarking this one.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 01-11-2010 03:25 AM

This looks great and it intrigues me a lot. At one time I was an avid pen maker and I bought a lot of pen blanks. I have, effectively, moved on from pen making but I still have about 200 pen blanks. I have been thinking about a project that lets me use them in an artistic fashion. Something like this might be just what I need to try.

FYI – I had no idea Kao was at $100/bf. I have some in my inventory and I know that I did not spend more than about $50/bf. Maybe my kao purchase of about a year ago was a good investment. It’s a nice wood but it is not $100/bf nice. That is up there with pick ivory and ebony.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-11-2010 03:30 AM

Very very nice looking box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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bigike

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 03:32 AM

good job, i have to get that book.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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TurnTurnTurn

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 03:41 AM

Very nice, the jig was a great idea!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 06:14 AM

Very cool box so well done

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 07:30 AM

Great box, good job. Very appealing look and colors.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 01-11-2010 08:16 AM

Great box. Fantastic design. Love all the different woods. I get a headace just trying to imagine the glue up.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 06:45 AM

Love the top! Thats a very nice touch!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#10 posted 06-11-2010 08:25 PM

Good design! I don’t know if I would have the patience for that type of work.

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#11 posted 06-01-2011 07:11 AM

Missed this first time round.. I do that a lot.. just so much to look at… and I do like this…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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