Elegant Art Box

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Project by JasonWagner posted 02-27-2011 05:04 PM 2212 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is actually my 2nd “Art Box”. I wanted to add this to my projects for those searching for ideas. I wanted to make something that was taller and more elegant looking than some of the other carved boxes. My other two boxes are more squat and stuck to the ground. I also decided to make the box symmetric on all sides and not so sculpted.

I used lacewood and purple heart. I didn’t realize the lacewood would finish so dark so it looks different than I pictured, but not bad. I had never used lacewood and found it to be brittle and prone to splinter and crack. It looks cool but you definitely need to handle it differently. I made a typical rectangular box then set up a round tip router bit on my router table. I ran the box on all four sides with different bit heights to get the rough profile. The rest was done via angle grinder and sanding disks. The lid was cut on an angle on the table saw. You’ll notice I cut into my hinge pins which made me get creative with them. I think it turned out OK. You push down on the back of the lid to open the box. It didn’t turn out like I had pictured in my head (looks more like some sort of pet urn!) but it was a learning experience and fun to do. Thanks for looking.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 05:30 PM

I think people sometimes go overboard with purpleheart, but your use of it here as an accent wood is really classy.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 05:31 PM

Wow you did a awesome job on your box. Great craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 05:46 PM

Love it great box and super design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 06:18 PM

I agree with rmac on your usage of the purple heart…..very classy and such a nice elegant design :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 06:36 PM

But even pet urns can be beautiful! :)

Nice work and wonderful design.

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 09:13 PM

Really nice! I like the angles and how the lid corners are rounded.

-- Chuck

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 10:06 PM

Gorgeous box. I admit I don’t like looking at those pins but I get the effect you were going for. I don’t find it looks like an urn at all – more like a cool middle-eastern flavour. Agree with rmac – the amount of purpleheart is just right.

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 10:23 PM

The perfect description for a most elegant box well excecuted great job

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 02-27-2011 10:42 PM

It’s a great box,I really like the hinge.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 03:57 AM

nice job
where did thoes hinges come? from i would like to know
goood style love the splines


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 02-28-2011 04:20 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. The hinge and pin are made from 1/8” brass rod bent and hammered in.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#12 posted 02-28-2011 03:51 PM

That is one sweet box, perfect balance of woods & design

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

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#13 posted 03-01-2011 03:21 AM

it’s really a good combo. that lacewood really pops. very nice box

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

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#14 posted 03-01-2011 03:23 AM

now that is a very elegant box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 03-01-2011 04:27 AM

Very nice box, smooth and elegant, wonderful choice of woods and ascents, well crafted with a unique look, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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