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Project by KnickKnack posted 06-12-2011 07:50 PM 1747 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch make a beautiful, elegant, well-crafted box.
This isn’t it, but I think I’ve moved a little in the right direction.
I have this wide ash board with dark wood in the middle, and I thought it might look good if it sort of “wrapped around” the box. That’s why I went for the 45° mitre join for the lid to the box – almost none is wasted so there’s little discontinuity. Doing this was a breeze with my 45° Router jig – it was pretty satisfying to pull out a jig that I had made and just “use it”.
The sides are book-matched end-grain oak – the reflecting pattern doesn’t show up well in the pictures.
Handles are the bane of my life – I’d originally hoped to make a suspended handle so there would be no interruption to the “flow” of the dark wood around the box. Three handles later it just didn’t seem to be working – this is version 4 which, although it didn’t meet my original criterion, I think works OK.

The search continues.

It’s fumed oak and ash, about 25cmx15cmx12cm (10”x6”x5’), finished with hot oil.

Comments, lambastations etc etc – feel free.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 07:59 PM

PERFECT BOX!! The union is very unique!

-- António Guerreiro

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#2 posted 06-12-2011 08:01 PM

Stop looking for directions… you’re already there!!!

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

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 08:03 PM


A very pretty box and an original design I like it a lot

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 08:09 PM

Well you see my first impression was I honestly thought it was a toaster.
Very good though.

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 08:11 PM

Looks great!!! Thanks for posting it.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 09:30 PM

It is beautiful, it is elegant, and it is well-crafted. Or am I missing something here?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 06-12-2011 09:37 PM

You asked for criticism as well, so I did my best staring the project down for flaws. The only things I think would make it better are a slightly tighter fit to the lid and a little less “shelf” on the 45’s of the lid and base. Please keep in mind that those are based one staring at the project and looking for anything at wrong with it (which both of those are simply my design ideas, not flaws) It looks perfectly constructed and I think the design is great. Great project, classic yet modern.

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#8 posted 06-12-2011 11:00 PM

while I realize much work went into it, I like the simplicity in which it presents itself. Nice job.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#9 posted 06-13-2011 05:32 AM

great box, we always find something we would like to improve upon

-- Norman

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#10 posted 06-13-2011 07:34 AM

Excellent contrast!

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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