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Project by Triumph1 posted 02-13-2010 01:40 AM 3182 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Horizon Line” was a spur of the moment build. Everything about it sprang from my head and no plans were ever drawn up. The spark was a single piece of curly maple I had laying around. I had just set up my first bandsaw and thought the piece would look nice book-matched. After doing so I realized it looked like the horizon line during a Lake Michigan sunset. I glued up the panel, using a piece of Paduak to act as the distinct line, and that became the center lid portion. After framing it with spalted maple frame I used a sliding dovetail joint to mate the panel to thick, curved Paduak ends…to give it a treasure chest feel.

The main portion of the box is made from spalted maple and uses thru dovetail joints. It is capped on the top and bottom with Paduak. There is also a dadoed in ledge of Paduak for the drawer to rest/slide on.

The legs are a sandwich of Bubinga and curly maple. Bubingo in the middle flanked by two pieces of curly maple. With the box being of a very stout design I wanted the legs to look thick and solid to ground everything.

The drawer is made from Curly maple and uses box joint construction. The center divider is held in using a mortise and tenon joint.

Brusso quadrant hinges were used on the lid.

The finishing process of this box was quite lengthy. I started with an Early American Maple Dye. When that was dry I soaked the entire thing in Boiled Linseed Oil and sanded it, while wet, with 220 sandpaper to fill the figure. I let the BLO dry for two weeks. Once dry I wiped the box with a 2lb cut of Orange Shellac. After that came three hand-rubbed coats of Oil Varnish. And then….its was buffed with two coats of BriWax.

“Horizon Line” is roughly 17” x 11” x 8.5” in size.

Enjoy!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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#1 posted 02-13-2010 01:43 AM

A wonderful box, I like the unique design and outstanding wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 01:45 AM

Outstanding wood and design!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 01:52 AM

wow , what a beauty !

very well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 01:55 AM

nice job!

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

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 02:01 AM

Sometimes the best projects are created on the fly letting the wood inspire you. Well done.

-- DonsWoodworking@tampabay.rr.com

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 02:04 AM

Nicely figured wood and great finish…terrific job.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 02:08 AM

Beautiful wood, beautiful design, great construction!

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

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 02:24 AM

This is outstanding Jeff!
I really like the amber color of this box. It is so warm and friendly looking with those little feet.
The way you dropped the lid below the level of the paduak frame and still inset the panel is very sweet, I have never seen that done before.
There are so many details, some large and some you see only after lingering for a bit…but they all work together to make this a special piece.
I am making this a favorite.

TiP: To save time on your next box, try just using a brad nailer, instead of all that joinery :-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 03:57 AM

Impressive looking box and design. You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 04:15 AM

Very nice design & craftsmanship. Well done.

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#11 posted 02-13-2010 04:24 AM

All I can add to the above comments is (WOW. WHAT A BOX)

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#12 posted 02-13-2010 04:26 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 02-13-2010 05:10 AM

Beautifull box. Outstanding design and build. Love the big feet.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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#14 posted 02-13-2010 11:17 AM

Wonderfull grain. Great workmanship

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 02-13-2010 12:28 PM

BONZA MATE

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

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