A Walnut and Huon Pine box

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Project by ruddy posted 01-09-2011 06:36 AM 4276 views 37 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The beautiful unusual boxes that have been made by Andy are the influence that got me thinking. I liked the idea of making a “different” design, something that is not just straight edges and beautiful wood.
My theme was for a continuous wave around the body of the box and this is the result. I tried this concept on a prototype and although I thought it looked reasonable, the overall effect was spoiled by the keys I had used on the mitres. The straight lines of the mitre keys somehow did not look right with the curves. The first box is the prototype one made from rock maple.
The Walnut and Huon Pine box is the second attempt at this design. I think it is an improvement although it may not be to everyones liking. Please feel free to be critical as I am interested in making maybe two more of these in the near future and I would like to hear what people really think. If you think it is hideous, say so! I have a few ideas that I would like to incorporate in the next boxes.
Andy, thanks for setting the standard.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 01-09-2011 07:20 AM

That’s really cool. I like your trays as well.


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#2 posted 01-09-2011 07:23 AM

Nothing to dislike about this gorgeous box Ruddy. Beautiful wood, great design, superb craftsmanship. That’s as critical as I can get. Even love the tray. Sorry.

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

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 07:28 AM

That turned out real nice.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 07:30 AM

I love it, as I do Andy’s boxes. Some insight as to how you did the inlays would be appreciated. Did you just free hand a cut with a band saw and then clamp up a bunch of thin strips or would that be too rough?

Thanks for posting. You got me thinking. Great job!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 07:33 AM

Very eyecatching! I am curious to know how you built it. I do agree that the keys on the maple version distract from the overall effect, but the walnut is stunning.

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 07:44 AM

1st off, great work! Im not up to snuff with the boxes running on LJ’s lately but heres my $.02. I like the Walnut and Huon box, the continous wave is nice and i like how they meet at the corners with the “dowels?” The overall design of it draws my eye to it though, its flowing and keeps my eye focused. Its the right amount of design to me given its size. In other words, its not to busy. The tray inside continuing the design is another nice touch. As far as the maple box, i think your right about the keys, i wonder though if the woods were reversed if the feel of the box would be different, maybe not? I think it would look better if you made the corners the same way you did the walnut box. Again, nice work!

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 08:04 AM

Nice job and design. I agree about the splines being a negative with the flowoing lines.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 08:24 AM

Ruddy, I think it is a beautiful design and a nice flowing combination of lines. It would also give it a different look without the dowels. You have given it A very unique a distinctive style..

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#9 posted 01-09-2011 08:28 AM

Those boxes are so hideous that I had to favorite both of them so I don’t forget them. I wouldn’t want to ever make something so weird, but I would be interested in how you did it. Is it like the string boxes someone posted. Seriously, I like them both. I think the miter keys are ok, but the dowels are better. I hope to see more soon.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 01-09-2011 08:50 AM

-- tim hill

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 10:32 AM

Very very nice.
I love the continuous lines and the colour of the wood together.

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 12:32 PM

Subtle use of keys on the mitre joints. Nice flowing waves.
Gives just the effect you were looking for,
Well done, Ruddy.

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

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 03:21 PM

Great looking box. I like the countinous lines.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 03:32 PM

Very awesome! I’d like to see how a box like this goes together. Just amazing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 01-09-2011 04:17 PM

I love the flowing feel of this one Ruddy…. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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