The Hour Glass Box - A 2D outcome

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 03-27-2011 04:44 PM 2302 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The effect of mixing natural color of wood is exciting. The hour glass board that I featured as one of my designs posted in my blog waited for a long time (50 days ago from now) to be functional. I want to venture on a two dimensional box out of it and I think I made a 3D. I can call it 3D if the bottom was of the same as the top plus the inside part.

A lot of gluing including the strips of wood was tremendously a hard labor and time consuming. Every piece of wood was cut by handsaw and planed manually. The pieces of wood that I used here are all recycled. There is one specie of wood that I used which is a very nice driftwood, unidentified but according to the source it is already more than 100 years old. The wood still so good and it planed very smooth. There is also a specie coming from KAKAWATE the yellow strips which is turning brown as time passes by. This is the reason why I havent applied varnish on the box.

I do have errors on allignment but it is alright for me. There might be next time to do it accurately. The secret of making the side stiff and strong is the bottom board which is joined with shoulders from inside. You can see the photo 5 how I routed the groove. Photo 6 is how the bottom board was clamped in. I do not want to have the bottom seen that is why it was inside. Do not worry on the ends of those strips… they are all hardwoods and not easily splits. I even have difficulty in planing the end grain portion.

If you want to see the lid how it was made then just see in my posted blog.

Size of the box (outside dimension) = 5×4 x 12 inches.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 04:55 PM

The hours of labor really shows, unique and beautiful. Good job.

-- There are no mistakes in woodworking , they're learning expierences ;)

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 05:10 PM

Very pretty, Bert, reminds me of a tapestry I’ve seen somewhere.

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 05:27 PM

Very nice and different,,, nice job thinking outside the box, no pun intended….

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

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#4 posted 03-27-2011 05:32 PM


-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 03-27-2011 06:05 PM

Awesome job!

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist

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#6 posted 03-27-2011 07:32 PM

that looks great. What did you use for finish on it?

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 08:02 PM

Bert, its a stunner. Long hours well spent. Well done indeed.

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

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#8 posted 03-27-2011 08:34 PM

Beautiful job on the box and matching the different wood pieces!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 03-27-2011 09:15 PM

hi very very nice work love the box a lot of patience and time invested in that box thanks for sharing


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#10 posted 03-27-2011 10:05 PM

Great Work Bert!!
You are a very patient man my Friend…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 03-27-2011 10:24 PM

Thanks to all of you. It seems that I have to make more stuff like this. I love to try new stuff and new skills.
@Pawky – Finish of the lid is Water White Gloss Lacquer with pre-coat of sanding sealer.
@Martyn – Actually, I just followed your advise previously to make it like your x,zee box but I cannot make as accurate as when you do the whole thing coming from one board. Anyway thanks.
@Mike – Your beautiful hinges is the one I would like to do. Thanks.
@Nico – You are far exposed in building huge glued pieces. I like to learn some of your techniques. Someday, I will visit you. Thanks.

-- Bert

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