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Wooden box; ziricote, zebra wood, blood wood, brass; handmade hinges

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Project by Seth Premo posted 06-07-2018 01:58 AM 4774 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something for my mom. The white wood in the splines are white ebony. I didn’t want to have to make those “stability bars” out of Zebrawood on the inside of the lid, but the piece of bloodwood I was working with was particularly unruly. The hinges are simple enough by design, but it helps to build the hinge “stock”, and drill the holes for the hinge pins BEFORE taking it to a table saw sled to cut the reliefs for the tines of the hinge — a lot less tear-out that way. And of course, grain direction matters significantly.

Wanting some degree of “sharpness” to its appearance, I wasn’t going to round over the miters at the corners, because then my bloodwood splines would lose their pointy appearance.

There’s something about the two that works well together, like opposites: zebrawood is predominantly whiteish with jagged black/brown grain lines; ziricote is predominantly blackish/dark brown, with rounded “topographical” grain design. The large amount of bloodwood for the lid I think distracts from highlighting how zebrawood and ziricote feel when put together. I might try this box again, except with just ziricote and zebrawood.

The box is 15” x 15” x 5 1/2” tall.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Nothing retains its own form; but Nature, the great renewer, ever makes up forms from other forms. Be sure there’s nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form."





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 06-07-2018 02:00 AM

Nice looking gift, few bumps along the way is normal. Looks great!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 03:22 AM

Crazy wild box. That Zircote is some crazy grained stuff.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 06-07-2018 03:58 AM

Flat out amazing! What a selection of woods. That recessed lid is particularly interesting. It’s an idea I might try and borrow.

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Woodknack

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#4 posted 06-07-2018 04:29 AM

I can see that a lot of work went into it.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 06-07-2018 07:43 AM

Seth, nice looking box. The woods are beautiful. I especially like the splines on the edges. The angled splines are a good look. Well done there. I would have eased and rounded some of the edges, but I am also accused of making all my boxes look like a used bar of soap. It helps your readers if you include dimensions in your postings. You have done a wonderful job of showcasing the beauty of the woods you used. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 05:06 PM

That is gorgous! Great looking work and love the wood choices and the finish!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 06:09 PM

That box is an outstanding piece of work in design and finish!
The depth of the finish on the sides is beautiful.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 06-07-2018 07:51 PM

This box is so nice and beautifully done. I also like the design and the wood that you used.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 06-07-2018 09:28 PM

you must be good, to take a close up, that close. I like the combination of woods, cool spline on a 45 to the 45. I haven’t see that before. What will go in the box? It’s a different size, so maybe for something special?

-- Petey

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 06-07-2018 11:54 PM

I like the color combo and love the hinges

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Seth Premo

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#11 posted 06-10-2018 09:18 AM

Thanks, Petey.

The splines are 22.5 degrees made on a table saw. I got worried that if I made them close to 45 degrees, I’d have a lot of tear-out due to the sharper cut.

I have no idea what’s going to go in it. My mother asked for one, so I made her one. I’m sending it with some gifts for her. She also has the first box I ever made, out of narra and its cousin, padauk.

Best,
Seth


you must be good, to take a close up, that close. I like the combination of woods, cool spline on a 45 to the 45. I haven t see that before. What will go in the box? It s a different size, so maybe for something special?

- Peteybadboy


-- "Nothing retains its own form; but Nature, the great renewer, ever makes up forms from other forms. Be sure there’s nothing perishes in the whole universe; it does but vary and renew its form."

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#12 posted 06-11-2018 12:29 AM

Really nice box and I really like the wood combination. Very original, great job!

-- AJ

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#13 posted 06-29-2018 08:22 PM

I’m sure your mother loved the box. The design and construction is amazing. I especially like the splines, they just make the box come alive. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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