Nic's change box-AKA the Pillow Topped Box

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 2440 days ago 2238 views 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a present for my step-son Nic. Now it holds his tip change. Tiger Maple pillow top, figured walnut sides. Incra-jigged box joints. Hinges are Beall's Nonpareil quads, installed using the Beall Hinge Wizard. Finish is Target Coating's waterborne Oxford Ultima Spray Lacquer with a Zinsser Sealcoat base layer. Rubbed out to P4000 with Mirka Abralon pads and a random orbit sander. Lined with black felt cloth.

Sorry, Gizmodyne – didn’t take process photos when I made this last year.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 2440 days ago

Exceptional work, Mate! Is there any wonder why I just love small wooden boxes?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 2440 days ago

Great Douglas. Even with minimal pictures we see the beauty.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 2440 days ago

A very nice box. I really like the pillow top and the finish it is great….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2440 days ago

Thanks, Gents. I had to sacrifice a round-over bit’s bearing to get the round-over and have enough wood beyond the pillow to fit into the rabbet. I ground off the tapped top of the bit. Now I have the Bordnerized Pillow Topper bit at the ready for the next go-round.

BTW, Don, rating as an Oz-type “Mate” is pretty special in my book.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 2440 days ago

Pretty box Douglas! That first picture is really nice – with the shimmer in the top and front of the box…

I’m a few days behind the Pulse, so thought I’d start at the beginning with the couple minutes I have…glad I did! Otherwise, I wouldn’t have caught up with this for awhile!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 2439 days ago

Outstanding box Douglas. I really like the contrast of woods and the finish is spectacular. I’ve noticed that Don has been rather quite lately (I’ve heard it said that he really loves small boxes) – your box brought him out and even rated a mate from him, good for you :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2439 days ago

Hi Douglas;

A man of mant talents! Very nice work. Your son in law must get a lot of tips, huh. LOL

Very vice project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 2439 days ago

Nice box Doug. I really like the “pillow” effect of the top. It really makes the box say “touch me”. What was your process for that? Is it one piece? Is it mounted to the lid via grooves ?

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#9 posted 2439 days ago

Very nice work.

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 2439 days ago

By golly, Douglas, that’s a really well done box. I especially like the effect of the top. Does it float in the groove? Great combination of woods.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob #2

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#11 posted 2439 days ago

Very nice Doug.
The finger joints?
Did you cut them then dimension the box height?
The first and last fingers are almost identicle in size.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 2439 days ago

That’s just right. Nice.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#13 posted 2439 days ago

Nice job Doug, very nice. mike

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

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#14 posted 2439 days ago

Douglas -

That is a very nice box! I like the pillow top and the figure.


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#15 posted 2439 days ago

Gorgeous box, Doug!

I just bought my first quadrant hinges and will be installing them soon on a box I’m working on, so you have piqued my curiosity with this Beale hinge wizard. I must go DAG.

Being here in south Louisiana, our Cajun version of Don’s “exceptional work, Mate” would be something like “Dat be real nice, Cher!”

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

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