Sun and Moon Boxes

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Project by Rb12 posted 08-07-2017 12:40 PM 647 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two styles of pencil-sized boxes I made as gifts for my daughters and some friends.

The “moon” is a Petosky stone, which are commonly found here in northern Michigan and my kids love hunting for. I always thought they looked like the surface of the moon and would be fitting for this project.

For the boxes with a red side, the lower box is red heart and cherry. I hand cut all the heart dovetails which was extremely time consuming. The tops are wenge and maple and the sun inlay is osage orange, yellow heart and maple burl. I made a pivot hinge so they open uniquely, but there is a stop on the back of the box so they open about 200-degrees.

The other box is wenge and maple. Again a Petosky stone inlay and the sun is osage orange, yellow heart and maple burl. For the miter joints, I created plugs to be sunrise and sunset (osage orange and bubinga with red heart rays) and the phases of the moon (quarter moon and half moon). I had to get creative to build a jig to allow me to drill at a perpendicular 45-degree angle to the joint. These boxes slide open, the tray has a stop on the wenge side so it does not come apart completely.

Anyway, all the boxes were very well received as gifts.

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#1 posted 08-08-2017 11:38 AM

Out of the box thinking. Really cool looking. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-08-2017 06:36 PM

These boxes are so nice and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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