Eye of the Beholder

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Project by Triumph1 posted 03-21-2010 06:26 PM 3610 views 17 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Eye of the Beholder” was designed for my girlfriend as a Christmas gift. The main design aspect of the box was the use of small, round mirrors to reflect views of the “holder” of the box…we all know the full saying. I made shallow couterbored holes to inlay the mirrors into the box components. In some cases I had to use wet/dry paper to shape the mirrors….when you purchase round mirrors they are not perfectly round! The body of the box will lift off the base to expose a hidden compartment. The legs are doweled into the base. The Spalted Maple “handle” is dovetailed into the top lid and another dovetail cut was used on it to create a grip position.

Woods used:

Claro Walnut
Curly Maple
Spalted Maple
Gaboon Ebony
Curly Birch
Bolivian Rosewood

Finish: BLO/Varnish/Mineral Spirits mix. Hand buffed with BriWax.

Size: 7.25” x 7.25” x 6.75”

Enjoy and keep making sawdust!

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

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 06:29 PM

Beautiful project. Nice used of colored woods. Very unique design.

-- Anything worth doing is worth doing right.

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 06:53 PM

Fantastic box Jeff, just love the wood combinations and the beautiful design.
I am one of your true fans on your boxes….............. all very creative.

Are the legs attached by any mechanical bond or is it glue only?
I want to experiment on something similar…........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 03-21-2010 07:04 PM

Whoa! What will archeologists make of it?

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#4 posted 03-21-2010 07:09 PM

Very pretty box. Nice wood contrasts.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#5 posted 03-21-2010 07:09 PM

A lot of imagination and technical skill went into this one. Great job!

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

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#6 posted 03-21-2010 07:24 PM

Looks like a lot work and thought went into this box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-21-2010 07:41 PM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 03-21-2010 07:46 PM

well i saw your name pop up in my email..and i knew there was going to be something beautiful to look at…you didn’t disappoint me at have a way with design and putting the woods together that enhance each other so well…this project has given me an idea for my grandson…you did a wonderful job here…..thanks for sharing it with us…....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 03-21-2010 09:10 PM

Very beautiful work.

-- Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistake-- ( Oscar Wilde) Chris, Illinois

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#10 posted 03-21-2010 09:54 PM

Fantastic Job, Jeff!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 03-21-2010 10:12 PM

A real triumph…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 03-21-2010 11:17 PM

Man you got skills. That is a beautiful piece. A dozen little details…..

Love it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 12:30 AM

Yet another masterpiece in the ongoing list of creations you have made.. I again am at a complete loss for the right words to properly compliment your work… stunning, beautiful, exceptional, wonderful, heck use em’ all…
This (and the rest of the boxes and projects you have built) are all simply amazing…
Keep up the great work, look forward to seeing your next one…


-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 03-22-2010 12:37 AM

I am going to go against the grain – not sure if I like it… but I totally recognize the craftsmanship and artistry and pure raw skill it takes to make this. You are a superior box maker. Strangely, I like all of the parts separately. I am still awing over your buddha box…. to each his/her own.

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#15 posted 03-22-2010 01:04 AM

I’m with mtkate on this one… too much going on and I know the mirrors are your main reference to the title , but they don’t really do anything for the look of the piece. JMHO , no offense meant.
I do love the little divided tray !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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