Pagoda Box

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Project by mtkate posted 04-29-2010 02:42 AM 3958 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am continually enthralled at looking at Triumph1's Buddha Box – and had to branch out and try something on my own that was more than purely utilitarian.

Looking through the net – I found Wood Magazine’s Pagoda Box Plan (link below). I will admit – I did not buy it but I sort of based the box on it as much as possible.

This took me about 5 weekends of work (not including the hike to a wood store that carries cool wood). The last weekend was sanding. In leaving the lid raised it sort of also looks like an inukshuk….

I got too experimental and thought it was a great idea to make a thin stock maple and oak bottom. I should have made it in zebrawood. Lesson learned – keep it simple!

One of the sides cracked on the tablesaw when cutting the miter so I had to recreate but the rest of the cuts went OK. The box side cracked when I was over zealously clamping up the box but with filler and some right-colored paint it’s not glaringly visible. A few glue marks showing (I tried to tape down but the glue always seems to get you no matter what) that I only noticed after the finish but I am OK with it. It ain’t no Andy Art box… but give me 25 more years of practice….

Zebrawood, Walnut and Ebony for the rods… maple and oak as the box bottom. Finished with wipe-on poly. First time trying it. What a breeze.

Just in time for Mother’s Day!

Unfortunately, can’t enter it in the scrap content as I started it before the contest was announced so I have no proof of whence it came. Naturally, the pieces of wood were small. Keeping the knot in the walnut was a deliberate choice as well.

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 02:48 AM

Beautiful Pagoda Box! I’m sure your Mother will be Thrilled!

Thanks for posting it.


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 02:51 AM

it’s beautiful :) Very elegant.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 03:23 AM

Very cool. I like the wood choices

-- Tim - He who knows best knows how little he knows.

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 03:29 AM

Beautiful !!

Heaps of “visually interesting,” too !!

Brava !!!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 04-29-2010 05:19 AM

looks good

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#6 posted 04-29-2010 08:42 AM

You keep amazing yourself…and all of us…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 04-29-2010 10:57 AM

Nice work and good looking box. An unusual design that will look nice just about anywhere. Glad to see you are branching out.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-29-2010 12:35 PM

Great design. I like the orientation of the zebrawood.
Love the top!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 04-29-2010 01:19 PM

Awesome! It is great to see you made the design your own. Using zebrawood, in the manner you did, really enhances the box. More! More! Thanks for sharing and keep breaking new ground!

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

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#10 posted 04-29-2010 01:41 PM

nice looking box… love the wood grain…

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#11 posted 04-29-2010 05:30 PM

A beautiful box Very cool with the wood used.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 02:14 AM

Thanks so much for the comments. I think the key for me is to work with expensive wood. Makes me ponder much more about it…. not rush the job….

I wish mother’s day was this weekend. I can’t wait to see her face!!!!! Mom is an artist (textiles, painting, silk screening, mixed media, getting into stone carving)... I know she will love this. My siblings might be pissed at me (!)...

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#13 posted 04-30-2010 02:29 PM

That is one classy looking box! I’m sure your mom will be thrilled.
As for your siblings… good luck!

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#14 posted 05-02-2010 07:56 PM

a beautyfull box you have done
thankĀ“s for sharing with us


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#15 posted 05-08-2011 10:39 PM

eww, i’m diggin this, really cool design…!

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