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Project by fineamerican posted 06-11-2010 04:48 AM 2006 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is my donation to the Furniture Society.

Most woodworking rules pertain to atleast no more than 4 focal points in each piece. This creation has much more than that, which may be right or wrong, good or bad, it just depends on you. The joinery is exposed and pretty straight forward. Maple & Rosewood make up each spline, while the interior is lined with Spanish Cedar. This is a nice aroma that will greet you each time this box is opened. All of the woods used and origins are listed on the bottom.
14×3.5×4

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com





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thatwoodworkingguy

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 05:28 AM

Nice work! Thumbs up

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 06:33 AM

Unique design John

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 08:59 AM

What is this all about?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 11:20 AM

Intersting comment on no more than 4 focal points. Nice, but not sure what type of box it is.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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fineamerican

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 02:05 PM

Its just a box. No particular intended purpose, kind of like a keepsake or memory box. Thanks for looking.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#6 posted 06-11-2010 03:58 PM

Very nice!

Great design, very pleasant feel, nice wood combination…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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blockhead

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#7 posted 06-11-2010 09:41 PM

Too cool, I love it!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 12:34 AM

That is great

-- GO DAWGS!

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 02:55 AM

I never met a box I didn’t like even the ones with more or less focal points than allowed. This one strikes me as a display piece more than a container. I would love to see the inside too. Also, when I look at the front, I see that you’ve joined end grain to long grain. What do you do to assure yourself this will hold up over time?

Best,

-- Jim

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fineamerican

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#10 posted 06-14-2010 07:59 PM

Jim-
The end panels are mortised and the front and back pieces reach into them and pull the joints close. Ive created many, and seen many more created this way employing that joinery. Hopefully it will stand the time test

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#11 posted 06-15-2010 03:08 AM

How are the front and back pieces supposed to pull the joint together?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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fineamerican

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#12 posted 06-15-2010 03:46 AM

The front and back pieces have tenons on their ends, that go into the mortised end pieces, this along with the splines will keep the joint tight.

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#13 posted 06-15-2010 06:14 AM

OK Thanks :-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 06-17-2010 06:54 AM

John,
Are we talking about the same thing? I’m referring to the front panel. It has horizontal grain on the left and right and vertical in the middle.

-- Jim

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fineamerican

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#15 posted 06-17-2010 04:00 PM

Jim-
Sorry I didnt catch what you were saying. The front panel of spalted maple was extremley dry, while still very porus I used shellac to seal it. The two strips to its right and left are gaboon ebony that are 1/4×1/4. Everything is dadoed into the walnut by about 1/4 with titebond III. Ive used this method before with sucess so hopefully this will work out the same. It is a little risky I agree, but thats how I do things

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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