Maple, Purpleheart and Stained Glass Box

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Project by CKM posted 06-08-2010 12:18 AM 2085 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box a little bit ago and am just getting around to posting it. It’s a pretty simple box that is made of hard maple with purpleheart splines and handle. The top of the box is a piece of purple stained glass to compliment the purpleheart. The photos don’t really show that glass very well but I assure you, it is glass. :) I’ve done quite a few stained glass panels in the past and have wanted to work more glass into my wood work. In (hopefully) my next project I would like to create a stained glass panel, instead of just a single sheet. I’ll be sure to post that project when it’s completed.

I finished the box with multiple coats of tung oil and a couple coats of wipe on poly. It has some small brass hinges for the lid.

Hope you all enjoy!


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 12:29 AM

that’s a pretty sweet box.
I like the maple and purpleheart contrast.

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 12:42 AM

Now this is really REALLY NICE wow

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 01:46 AM

Very attractive little box, my Friend!!
I really like the Glass… I’ve used plastics before, but I’ll have to be brave and try some glass one of these days…
Great Job!!

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

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 02:12 AM

Very nice… simple but elegant!

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

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 02:13 AM

Very nice once again dude.

-- Centerville, MN - Hobbyist and DIYer

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 03:06 AM

I’m a sucker for a nice box. Very nice work CKM…

I like the top… Very cool…

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 04:09 AM

From one box maker to another…VERY nice box.

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#8 posted 06-08-2010 04:27 AM

Very nice job. Really great looking box.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 06-08-2010 04:47 AM

Very nice!
Suggest that you can include some etching work on top. I do some lettering on glasses using a rotary machine with 1/8 glass etching toolbit. You can personalize the box by putting the name on the top. That will enhance every glass you put into the project. Thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 04:53 AM

Great looking box. Stained glass panels are an excellent idea.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#11 posted 06-08-2010 07:46 AM

Super box! Maple and purpleheart work well together and the glass top insert adds a nice touch. I think a stained glass top, such as this glass top, would really be great. Can’t wait to see one!


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#12 posted 06-08-2010 11:29 AM


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#13 posted 06-08-2010 12:48 PM

Very nice box. Love the clean lines. I would agree…the stained glass is cool.

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#14 posted 06-08-2010 01:18 PM

Very nice box!

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#15 posted 06-08-2010 04:42 PM

Totally sweet design and execution. Stained glass inserts are a brilliant design addition. Looking forward to seeing more. THX.
Question. Is the glass backed by wood (the interior pic made me wonder)?

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