Fleur de Box

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Project by Xaromir posted 06-06-2011 06:15 AM 1701 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When i submitted this, it wasn’t finished, the carving in the 2. lid wasn’t there at all,
the screw in the top lid wasn’t covered (i liked it that way actually) and the inside was plain without the veneer,
but it still scored a good 8,2 out of 10.

It’s basically cut and carved from one solid block of mahogany, and some maple veneer.
The 2. lid closes the box, and the upper one locks it in place – quite a nice system.
It was inspired by a little grease-pot Roy Underhill made.
There are some flaws, but it was my first project since 6th grade,
that must have been about 11 or 12 years ago, so i guess i done quite well.

A fabulous example of how old love doesn’t rust.
I really liked woodworking and i’m in the middle of picking it up again.

On popular demand: Some more Pictures.
I posted some work in progress pictures for you.

Dimensions are on the outside:
Length: 130mm (5”) Width: 74mm (3”) Height: 76mm (2.9”)
Usable space inside:
Length: 100mm (4”) Width: 60mm (2.3”) Height: 50mm (2”)

It’s finished with shellac.
And currently used as a little keepsake box, i keep the first martisor from my girl in there.
It’s basically a little string with an amulet, that you wear for one month
and it promises good health and luck for the whole year.
This is a romanian tradition, people gift them to people they (personally) respect / like / love. :)
We could use more of those traditions in the west.

-- From [a] to [b] with [c].

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 06:26 AM

so great

-- Gintaras,

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 06:44 AM

Looks like you didn’t miss a step. Great job, and I like the variation.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 12:55 PM

Nice work. It would be nice to know the dimensions, and have more pics. I like the inlay and the maple veneer lining.

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

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 02:42 PM

Great work!

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

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 03:10 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, you mentioned it was cut and carved, did you scroll saw the fleur de lis, or was
it carved? Very nice box and marquetry . Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 03:41 PM

That’s very nice! I like that you took the concept of the double-folding lid of the grease box and applied it in a new way. I’m wondering how the bottom, cut out lid rests in place on the box.. is it rabbetted around the edge to slip in place? Or does it nestle in position some other way? I’d love to see more pictures! Nice work, and welcome to LJs.


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#7 posted 06-06-2011 03:58 PM

This reminds me of one of my projects.
Yours looks great.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 04:01 PM

saweeeeeeeeeeeet job!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 06:18 PM

Nice project, got any more pics?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 12:57 AM

who dat

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 03:02 AM

Very nice work!

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#12 posted 06-09-2011 06:22 PM

Nice Box, that is so cool making it from a solid block, those type of endeavors add special meaning to projects, this is a real keeper, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 06-09-2011 06:36 PM

welcome to LJ’s
and to woodworking again

this is a beautiful work

and your workbench is

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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