Coffee Table Box

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Project by Daiku posted 1394 days ago 3591 views 43 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I’d finally try my hand at making a box. I wanted to incorporate 3 features into the box, the first being a handle that is one piece with the top (actually laminated in) (pic 1-3). Second, I wanted to use dowels for the corner stiles (pict 1-4) and third was to mold the feet from the base (pic 5). The 6th picture shows the bottom side of the lid, you can see the grooves I made to accept the sides and stiles of the box. The base has the same pattern but the sides and stiles are glued into them. The lid and base are walnut, the handle/top is tiger maple and the sides are spalted maple. Hope you enjoy it!

-- Cal Noguchi

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 1394 days ago

COOL box!

Different… NICE… Good to see something not so conventional.

That handle reminds me of a dinosaur… :) :)

Good job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 1394 days ago

How did you cut the grooves in the dowel? Beautiful work and very creative.

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#3 posted 1394 days ago

You have chosen some very nice features for this box! Then you did a wonderful job implementing them. My favorite is the handle (but they are all very nice).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 1394 days ago

lovely..interesting overhang on the lid, the handle is terrific , wood is great, and the corner dowel jointing is clever…GREAT BOX

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#5 posted 1394 days ago

Very nice box! Love the grace of the handle. Nice job.

-- Kate,

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#6 posted 1394 days ago

I agree with Joe, the handle looks like a streamlined/minimalist brontosaurus or something.

Very cool box all around! Unique and different, yet not so far out there that only a certain crowd might like it.

I even like the small detail of your brand sort of set just where it needs to be to flow with the grain on the bottom of the box.

Favorited for future reference!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 1394 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous – both the design as well as the choice of wood.

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#8 posted 1394 days ago

Very nice form, Handle looks inviting to the touch and I like the low angle of the lid as it overhangs the box. Is this for yourself, or is it a gift? Nice work.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#9 posted 1394 days ago

All I gotta say is that is awesome. Love the handle too. Very unique box.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#10 posted 1394 days ago

great looking piece!!

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#11 posted 1394 days ago

Very beautiful and wonderful craftsmanship. I love everything about it… simply stunning!

-- 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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#12 posted 1394 days ago

That is great. A lot of stuff going on, but not too much to make it cluttered.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 1394 days ago


-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 1394 days ago

Very creative, and I am impressed by the handle, it’s kind of futuristic.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 1394 days ago

This is great! The dowels really set this piece apart. The underside is my favorite with the flow and transition into the feet. Nicely done. A great example of thinking outside of the box!

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina,

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