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Project by Triumph1 posted 10-11-2010 08:48 PM 3780 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Conjoined” started life as a promise I made to my budding artist niece. I had gotten her a set of pencils for drawing and I promised here I would make her a box to hold them. Now I know it is not the classic design for a pencil box, like Rogers beautiful box, but it is my take on the subject.

My main design goal was really to design a box that, when first looked at, would look fairly easy to make. Then, upon closer scrutiny, one could start to understand the difficulty in making it. There was definitely a step-by-step procedure. The look I was going for was that of a warped/curved piece of wood. I wanted all aspects of the box to follow the same curvature.

The main body of the box is made from quartersawn Shedua. A box joint was use for the construction.

The main portion of the lid is made from Curly Shedua. The handle supports/dowels are quartersawn Shedua turned down on the lathe. The handle is made from Birds-eye maple. It was made by a series of compound cuts on a bandsaw followed by alot of hand shaping.

Finish on “Conjoined” is fours soakings of Danish oil followed by two buffings of BriWax. It is lined in cork.

Critiques welcome. Now let’s keep making sawdust!

FYI…I built two boxes at the same time but designed different handles. I will be loading “Dorsal” on in the future.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 09:06 PM

As usual, a tour-de-force in design and craftsmanship!

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

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 09:08 PM

Hey Jeff, I bow to you.

At first glance it did look like a really simple box. But the more I studied it, the more involved it became.

Very nice,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 09:08 PM

It reminds me of the Golden Gate Bridge.. sweet

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 09:16 PM

Just clicked on, and what do I see? This neat box.
Not “traditional” perhaps, but striking nonetheless. The side view evokes a feeling of the oriental; perhaps the entry gate to a Japanese shrine, or the roof of a pagoda. I know that wasn’t your image, but it’s very provocative just the same. I like it a lot. Finish looks to be the perfect choice, and the cork (which I would not have thought of) is a great color complement. Nice job indeed.
Good photo work too.

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

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 09:20 PM

Truly outstanding… I like everything about this box. The design, the wood , the joints , the lid, the handle. Great job thanks for showing it.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 09:28 PM

Beautiful and great design!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 10-11-2010 09:41 PM

Lovely piece of work, Jeff. The Bird’s- Eye Maple handle is a work of art in itself. The complexity is revealed in a subtle way. Texturally the cork works very well with the box sides. Though I am not happy working curves, myself, you make it seem effortless. The execution and finish are, as always, flawless.

The only change I’d have made was in the presentation. I would sacrifice pic. 3, moved 4 to 3 and put in a shot similar to the last one but with the lid on for pic. 4. Thats just me though.

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

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 10:51 PM

Excellent box Jeff. As usual, you did an outstanding design.

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 12:21 AM

Very nice…cool wood, cool design…great execution.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 10-12-2010 01:03 AM

Another beauty!

She will be in heaven showing it off to her friends. Cool man…..................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 10-12-2010 07:05 AM

Yeow, I sure like your work! Inspiring to say the least. I must get to using finger joints. But what is so cool is the way you splay out the sides of the box! Super fine as usual.

-- $tudie

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#12 posted 10-12-2010 07:18 AM

Unique design well done

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#13 posted 10-12-2010 08:27 AM

A really excellent and artistic box.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 10-12-2010 09:35 AM

As always a beautifully made & very unique box

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 10-12-2010 10:34 AM

Well done

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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