Bridge / Lantern Box

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Project by Daiku posted 1331 days ago 2551 views 15 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I named this box the “Bridge / Lantern” box because those are the two objects that most inspired the design.
The Base (lantern base)
The underside of the base was roughly shaped on the table saw while the top was shaped on the disc/belt sander. Top and bottom were further shaped by hand with rasps, chisels, sandpaper and a lot of elbow grease!
The Sides (Andy-ish)
The sides were inspired by Andy’s boxes, but instead of using an angle grinder I used the end of the disc/belt sander (be very careful if you try this method).
The Lid (Bridge)
The lid handle was roughly shaped as was the lid prior to laminating them together.
Lid – Birdseye Maple
Lid handle – Mahogany
Sides – Cherry
Base – Maple

All comments are welcome,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#1 posted 1331 days ago

Nice clean design, good work.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 1331 days ago

Truly an inspirational piece. The design, the woods, and the infusion of both object was perfect.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#3 posted 1331 days ago

Beautifully subtle box based on wonderful inspirations. The softness of the curves and the wood blend so well together. Great piece Cal.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#4 posted 1331 days ago


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

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#5 posted 1331 days ago

Great work.

-- Russ

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#6 posted 1331 days ago

very nicely crafted piece, I like the way the handle fuses with the top & the end wrap around work to the outer edge, has a distinctive northern Pacific look to it. subtle balance & detail.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 1331 days ago

A very organic feel here, just like what inspired you.

I’d say you hit the nail on the head, but that seems so mundane compared to the elegance you’ve shared with us in this piece.

Every time I see a new piece of yours, it instantly transports me to the Denver Botanic Gardens, where there is a Japanese landscape garden, complete with a tea house where they hold tea ceremonies.

There is certainly nothing wrong with having a “style,” especially when it’s executed at this level!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 1331 days ago

Beautiful box, love the inspiration.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 1331 days ago

Very serene. You have done a nice job of making this piece look peaceful…to my eye anyway. I like the muted woods and subtle shaping, it all comes together nicely. Your workmanship is superb.
Thanks for sharing this with us Cal,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 1331 days ago

I simply just love this. Cal you got a good eye bud. Very well done sir….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 1331 days ago

WOW very nice work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#12 posted 1331 days ago

Love this design as much as I like Japanese garden.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 1331 days ago

Great job! Always a pleasure looking at your projects! Well done as always.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 1330 days ago

I knew this box was yours the minute I saw it. Your projects have a style and balance that I love.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#15 posted 1330 days ago

Very cool design, wonderful looking wood.

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