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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 10-10-2010 02:12 AM 2203 views 3 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There was a post the other day where rivergirl complained about “slowitis”... not really getting much done in the shop. I had been suffering from the same ailment, and the cure for me was a simple box. Boxes are what got me into woodworking in the first place, and I sometimes forget how satisfying it is to create a form with nice square corners and a beauty that relies solely on the gifts of nature.

The major material here is walnut, of course, with a floating panel top of eucalyptus veneer. The base is a sandwich of mahogany between two layers of oak. Finish is BLO, and a buffing out on the Beall three wheel buffing system. Size is roughly 5.5” x 3.5” x 3” high.

These might not be the ideal project photos, but one of my favorite photographic subjects is the interplay between light and shadow. All but the last of these were shot with the afternoon sun streaming in through my dining room window.

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





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degoose

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 02:19 AM

Fabulous figure on the top… love the play of light and dark…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 02:23 AM

Very nice basics beautiful box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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PurpLev

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 02:24 AM

is this what you needed the scroll saw for? NICE. don’t think I can do this with a scroll saw myself. maybe with a lathe.

I’ll second Larry about the figured top – but I kinda like the base more. it adds a distinguished look to it as if saying “sturdy base” (not in english of course). real nice work.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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huff

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 02:25 AM

Charlie, Simply Beautiful! What else can I say.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#5 posted 10-10-2010 02:37 AM

Charlie, Seems as though our thoughts are running along the same lines this week. Simple can be lovely, but it isn’t easy! Nice entry in the simple beautiful box sweepstakes. I like it.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Flemming

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 02:52 AM

always great to get back to the roots :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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mmh

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#7 posted 10-10-2010 03:11 AM

Very nicely done! Even if you’ve been suffering from “slowitis”.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 10-10-2010 03:22 AM

Charlie: Some beautiful work.

Sorry about your ailment. I’ve been there for a year or more.

My wife told me I couldn’t make anything until I finished her kitchen and I think I’ve been slowing that process down. I always seem to work better when I’ve got a couple of jobs going at the same time.

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

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Eric in Central Florida.

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#9 posted 10-10-2010 03:38 AM

Fastitus, slowitus, anything you want to call it. Brother, I don’t think you know how to turn out an unattractive box.
Your “simple” box is awesome looking.(An added benefit to the therapeutic value..LOL)
Anyone who goes back and looks at your boxes, or any other project of yours for that matter, can see you have a boatload of talent.
You have that unique ability to mix and match materials to maximize the cool effect each lends the other.
I wish my simple projects looked even half as nice as yours.
And with 76 things posted, you can really knock them out.
Good going Charlie.

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#10 posted 10-10-2010 03:40 AM

Charlie nice pic’s and build as well. I like how the top receive the main body of the box. Will have to incorporate this design in some boxes as well. Thanks for posting …BC

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#11 posted 10-10-2010 03:45 AM

I had it too with the beginning of the school year…and the malaise on the boat…but wow…great cure for the ailment…nice results!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 10-10-2010 03:51 AM

Thanks, everyone. I really appreciate the comments.

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

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sedcokid

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#13 posted 10-10-2010 03:55 AM

Great looking Box, and the photos are Great Too! Now that you are cured, lets get busy… ;)

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 10-10-2010 03:56 AM

simple and clean, looks good

-- Life is good.

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#15 posted 10-10-2010 04:52 AM

well done charlie

sometimes we just have to listen to the wood

you got a great message with this one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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