Bentwood Box

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Project by L-H Johnsen posted 07-05-2010 09:36 PM 2491 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple bentwood box or (svepask as it is called here in Sweden).
The lid is alternating strips of cherry and birch. The side-piece is made of linden (and bent using water and a hot iron). Its held together with a flower, which is a bit of coloured birch-root. First, I did not know how to make the lid round, (we where not allowed to use any machines) so I bought a pack of picnic-plates (made of paper). Then I glued sandpaper inside of them, and used a circular motion on the lid. It worked, but it took forever..

-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 11:05 PM

glad to hear you figured it out :—)
so we can enjoy the project with you
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#2 posted 07-06-2010 12:51 AM

Wow… I think you did the svepask justice! That’s really impressive.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 01:20 AM

That is beautiful! And I love your ladle and spoons. Are they also birch?


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#4 posted 07-06-2010 02:28 AM

Looks great from here!!

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

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 03:17 AM

Very nice looking box, you said you were not allowed to use any machines, was this for a course?

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 04:07 AM

wonderful ,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 07:59 PM

Thank you all, glad you liked it!

Barbs: Thank you. No they where made of linden, and carved with a knife when the wood was fresh. Amazing therapy just sitting and carving.

Ottoh: Thanks. This was a project for school, to learn about old techniques. The School is in Sweden, and it specialises in fine furniture-making.

-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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#8 posted 07-07-2010 02:40 AM

Nice job, very pretty. I like the top.

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

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#9 posted 07-07-2010 03:34 PM

Excellent work….nicely finished. I like the spoons also.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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