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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 2367 days ago 4330 views 17 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the 2008 Winter Awards. Its design grew from the small board of pippy/ burr/ burl oak that I’d had in the workshop for several years. I was loath to trim off either of the natural edges to hinge the lid in a conventional way, so decided to split it to open in this way.

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The box itself is made from a board of brown oak; the trays from white oak offcuts, and the black components are bog oak. Bog oak is said to be between 4000 and 7000 years old, and is the first stage in the fossilisation of wood. Continuing the fossil theme, I inserted the polished ammonite fossil (some millions of years old) to cover a dead knot that had crumbled as I planed the board. As I’d intended the box to house, amongst other ‘accumulations’, my small collection of old watches in this box, I thought this fitted in quite nicely with the idea of the passage of time. Having done it, it does look like a lock escutcheon at a quick glance.

I have a love affair with wooden hinges and decided to challenge myself by taking them one step further. These are 9.5 inches long and my blog” gives more details of their construction as well as other aspects of the box.

The body of the box is 14×9.5×8 inches. I have lined the trays with brown crushed velvet and I finished the box with lashings of Danish oil followed by a coating of Briwax. I’ll continue to wax it for some time to build up a patina.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems





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toyguy

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#1 posted 2367 days ago

you’ll do well my friend…. Nice box

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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relic

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#2 posted 2367 days ago

Gorgeous box Stewart.

-- Andy Stark

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mrtrim

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#3 posted 2367 days ago

another masterpiece ! looks great stewart

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Jeff

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#4 posted 2367 days ago

This is a great entry, Stewart! I love the theme, the inlay and its concept and the split lid with that amazing figure. Very, very nice.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 2367 days ago

wow !!!! is this one-fired-up box. really nice !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Grumpy

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#6 posted 2367 days ago

Nice work there Stewart. Great piece of burl. Original design. Well done

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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TomFran

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#7 posted 2367 days ago

Goodness gracious, Stewart, that is awesome!!! This is one unique and beautiful creation. Congratulations on a fine job!

The next time your doorbell rings, it will be TomFran showing up in Yorkshire, on the coast of the North Sea, to begin the apprenticeship ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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rikkor

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#8 posted 2367 days ago

You do good work my friend.

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GaryK

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#9 posted 2367 days ago

That top is great Yorkie! Fantastic job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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CedarFreakCarl

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#10 posted 2367 days ago

That’s certainly not just any box Stewart! Beautiful and worth waiting on! Awesome job.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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Karson

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#11 posted 2367 days ago

Stewart A great box and very inventive on “Drilling” the hinge pins. Way to think outside the box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Paul

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#12 posted 2367 days ago

Very nice!

-- Paul, Texas

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 2367 days ago

Yep, Stewart, that’s a good’un.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 2367 days ago

Beats all, Stewart. Even better than the first natural edge box posted here and on the Flickr site. Keeping two raw edges and having the lid meet in the center while maintaining grain continuity is a considerable feat, but to add wooden hinge leaves is Herculean.

Add the Sectioned Cephalopod to fill the knot hole and display like an escutcheon at the middle focal point of the front, and the pyramidal pegs, and I can’t see how you would lose. Hope Martin has the extra dough for ocean fare for the bandsaw.

If I hadn’t seen the pictures of work in progress, I would have thought you stole this en masse from The Great God Pan.

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=:^•

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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cajunpen

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#15 posted 2367 days ago

Well, I won’t try to top Douglas’ glowing description of your project – but suffice to say that it looks FANTASTIC!! Well done Stewart, you have wowed me once again with your talents.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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