Hex straight Box

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Project by fernandoindia posted 08-13-2010 09:54 PM 1665 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months ago I started to make some mosaics. I watched Robin Tucker´s pedal saw with its fence in Youtube, and imitated in my sled. Didn´t know he posted a great tutorial in LJ, but I wasn´t aware of LJ at that time. A shame of me!!

Made a bunch of rhomboid pieces that were after inserted in the lid of some boxes. Woods are white guatambú, argentine cedar cheap and almost soft wood, and the green wood is petiribí, nice exotic local hardwood.

I made few squared boxes, not yet tired, but wanted to try something different. So I make this hex box, just because the geometry of the mosaics called for. I Don´t know exactly what it is for yet. But it is there. Still needs finishings. Photos were taken after spraying some mineral spirits.

The sides are Palo Santo wood. (Holy wood, Bulnesia sarmienti). Other local specie, quite hard and difficult to work. Once it oxidizes becomes green immediately. It has a very profound perfume. While cutting, sanding or planning this wood, the smell will expand through all over the house. But dust is unforgiving. Sorry I can’t post the smell yet.

Construction was mitered sides, and no splines, (hope it´ll keep together), with the lid rabeted in the table saw. You can see the groove in the inside which after being cut at the TS will become the rabbeted lid. Both the lid and the bottom are in the router table to receive the mosaics.

As expected, my wife challenged me: Why not compound angles on the sides too?

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 10:08 PM

Robin Tucker commented on my first attempt at this type of design and told me one thing… watch the grain orientation… I have never forgotten this…
I am sure that Robin would approve of your box..
I also noticed in the 4th pic a mock-up of the tumbling blocks design… I look forward to seing this too…

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 10:17 PM

Hi Larry. Eagle eyes!!

As a matter of fact, when cut the rhomboids I was planning tumbling block design. Moving the pieces cropped out this kind o star. I did both.

Thank you

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 10:24 PM

Beautiful Work, my Friend…

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 10:33 PM

This is some fine work. Well done indeed. Look out Larry. We’re not safe anymore.

I have NEVER seen a green wood before. This is really is something new to me. Do you know if its exported?

I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 12:01 AM

“I have NEVER seen a green wood before. This is really is something new to me. Do you know if its exported?”

Wow, I was going to say the exact same thing. Would be great for some decorative inlay projects i’ve got in mind… I’m sure some friends who do a lot of entarsia would love it too.

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 02:53 AM

What an interesting box! Green wood – I always thought green wood was stock that hadn’t been dried; now I know that there actually is a green wood. In the fifth image, upper right corner, you show a very interesting interlocking design – would you care to explain how you accomplished this? I’d love to see how it was done!

Great job!


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#7 posted 08-14-2010 03:10 AM

Hi Rivendale, I will check tomorrow whether this guys are prepared to ship overseas. First time I contacted them, I was told they did only sell finished products.
This is their website.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 03:19 AM


As said, just ripped the wood and then make the rhomboids with the TS, miter30°. Made hundreds of them. Cutting rhomboids is a kind of prisoner job, like sanding.

I glue them together, one by one. This stuff is quite developed in Robin´s blog

Let me know if I can be of further assistance

Thank you for visiting.

-- Back home. Fernando

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