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Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 03-06-2011 09:52 AM 2573 views 17 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys

I made this awhile ago but I thought I would share it anyway.

Made from ripple sycamore with a slip matched lid. Mother of pearl inlays on the lid and escutcheon with a fine black border.
The lid is bordered in black acetal with polyester inlay.

The interior consists of 3 trays made from macassar ebony with polyester inlays. Lined in ecru pig suede and fitted with high quality nickel hardware, danish oil finish followed with wax.

Cheers

Ian

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/





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#1 posted 03-06-2011 10:16 AM

Nice work!! But for cufflinks? ;-) Not many of us left that know what they are ;-((

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

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 10:17 AM

BTW, Welcome to LJ!! I’m the guy who makes the most facetious comments ;-))

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

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 10:21 AM

Superb box!
Really fine craftsmanship

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 03-06-2011 10:27 AM

+1

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 03-06-2011 11:41 AM

nice work and good colors!

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#6 posted 03-06-2011 11:45 AM

That is good. choice of materials, combination and finish all superb. Purists may not like plastics but they can be useful sometimes. What kind of adhesive are you using for them, Ian?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#7 posted 03-06-2011 12:01 PM

Beautiful box. Great combo of wood. The inlay is superb,

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 03-06-2011 01:35 PM

Ian,
Another striking piece. The sycamore, ebony, ecru hide, and nickel work wonderfully together. No one does the art deco influence on boxes better! The details are impeccable, as usual. Running the ripple at an angle on the lid is a very nice and subtle touch also. I always look forward to seeing your posts.
Roger

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

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#9 posted 03-06-2011 01:47 PM

That is a very elegant box Ian I like the Art deco type contrasts Acetal is quite a strange plastic they use it for high temp engine parts on some German & japanese cars . We have machined it but I researched it & all the informaton said there was no satisfactory glue to bond it. What did you use?
Trevor

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

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#10 posted 03-06-2011 02:15 PM

Thanks Guys

As for the acetal it is very hard to bond but after experimenting for quite a while I found a plastic epoxy by unibond has the strongest hold, bear in mind it isn’t load bearing and basicly just sits there.

I run the acetal through my drum sander with 150grit on the side to be glued down and this adds a bit of extra grip.

Ian

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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#11 posted 03-06-2011 02:45 PM

Wonderful piece, thank you for posting.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#12 posted 03-06-2011 04:07 PM

Just gorgeous. Thanks for joining and showing your pieces. Your outstanding craftsmanship is an inspiration.
Cheers,

-- Glen

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#13 posted 03-06-2011 04:14 PM

Hi Ian,

Really elegant box, with outstanding workmanship.

Lee

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#14 posted 03-06-2011 04:36 PM

Ian, I know how to do the stuff you do, I just can’t believe the precision you do it with!

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

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#15 posted 03-06-2011 04:45 PM

I’m pretty sure that this is the first time on this site I have ever seen “ecru pig suede” posted. The slipped matched wood on top is just… exquisite, as is the whole box. Very Crisp!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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