2018 Box Swap Entry

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Project by PoohBaah posted 05-01-2018 04:31 PM 1689 views 13 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the box I created for EarlS and sounds like more so Earl’s family. It is quarter sawn sycamore and walnut. I created the contrasting checkered pattern on the corners by laminating the two types of wood together before cutting the box joints. I had seen a box in this style before and I fell in love with it and really wanted to recreate it. I think it came out amazingly. The top and bottom are also walnut. I also stepped way out of my comfort zone and created the hinges. They are old barn oak that is pushing 100 years old. Crafting these hinges allowed me to do a lot of shaping with files and rasps and using these hand tools were all new techniques to me. It was a learning experience to say the least.

The walnut was milled from my wife’s family farm. The hinges are old barn oak that is pushing 100 years old and the sycamore came from a new lumber source I discover 20 minutes away from my place. I was really excited to find this place so close to home and with such an exotic and domestic selection.

I love doing these swaps since it is a great way to stretch your abilities and to meet new folks. Great time again and thanks to Dave for putting this one on.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#1 posted 05-01-2018 04:35 PM

That is extremely beautiful. The laminated pieces to make the checkered pattern is genius. This is one of the top boxes in the swap for sure. Well done Neil!

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#2 posted 05-01-2018 04:37 PM

Awesome! Very creative.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#3 posted 05-01-2018 04:38 PM

That looks familiar!!! You managed to capture the walnut figuring much better than I was able to. The whole box shimmers in the sun. I’m going to try to make wood hinges now that I have something to look at.

Thanks again for a great box, and my daughter says “thank you” as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 05-01-2018 04:38 PM

That’s one darned nice box, Neil! Well done, buddy!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 05-01-2018 04:48 PM

Quartersawn anything is cool! I get a lot of it out of my firewood pile (It’s a wonder I don’t freeze to death from lack of actual burning wood!).
And here I thought the corners were mortised! Well done on this box! Looking forward to you next swap!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#6 posted 05-01-2018 04:49 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the kudos. Earl I am going to do a write up here in the next few days on the hinges and how I made them. I was able to capture the lid color better bc it was still wet when I took that picture. So I cheated a little bit.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#7 posted 05-01-2018 05:14 PM

...The laminated pieces to make the checkered pattern is genius…

- KelleyCrafts

Yeah, that^!! That’s a brilliant method to produce that look. And, geeze those woods are beautiful! If you’ve got any of that QS Sycamore you’re interested in swapping, I’ve got some nice stuff… So do the local breweries ;-))

I’m looking forward to the write-up on the hinges too!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 05-01-2018 05:14 PM

So far, my favorite of the swap boxes I’ve seen on the reveal. That sycamore is fantastic and I am definitely going to shamelessly borrow that laminated sides idea for finger joints some day. The wood hinges are great too!

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#9 posted 05-01-2018 05:19 PM

Stunning box…. I love it.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 05-01-2018 05:32 PM

Very nice !
You made that wood POP


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#11 posted 05-01-2018 05:32 PM

This is a remarkable box! I fell in love with the checkered pattern in the corners and have tried to figure it out.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 05-01-2018 05:42 PM

What size it ?

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#13 posted 05-01-2018 06:20 PM

That sycamore is stunning Neil, and the contrast with the walnut just makes it more so. Nice job!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 05-01-2018 06:31 PM

Love the details! Nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 05-01-2018 07:06 PM

A Jewel for sure. Great work!

-- Tim

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