Elegant Box

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Project by reggiek posted 07-01-2011 08:11 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a splined mitred box with triangular contrasted woods. I used cocobolo and figured maple for the body. The splines are purple heart. I was originally going to cut the top out of the box….but opted to make a triangular top to set off the contrasts on the body. The top has a handle of curly Koa the top panel is rosewood and figured maple. The handle is attached with 2 brass rods – (this koa was originally a pen blank…but it twisted while awaiting the lathe….so I thought it would make an interesting handle). The finish is tongue oil with 2 coats of oil modified water poly (satin)...I rubbed it out with rottenstone and buffed on a coat of minwax neutral.

All critiques and comments welcome…thanks for taking a look.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 08:48 PM

Nice box well it looks kind of 1950’s or even 40’s with that nice oldy worldy handle.It reminds me of l an tea caddy.They have become very collectable nice work have fun. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 07-01-2011 09:34 PM

Cool design—well done

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#3 posted 07-01-2011 10:08 PM

great lookin box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 11:46 PM

Good use of materials on hand and a nice looking finished product!!

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#5 posted 07-02-2011 03:16 AM

Nice looking boxes and wonderful craftsmanship. Great Job.

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#6 posted 07-02-2011 05:27 PM

Thank you all for you kind words….Alistair…glad to see you on again. My better half loves those tea caddy’s you mentioned….it wasn’t my intent to reproduce one…but the wood provided otherwise…I start with a design in mind and always end up adapting as I go along….thats what makes woodworking such an interesting pursuit to me.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 07-04-2011 01:47 AM

Nice Box, neat combinations of wood, and the old school look is cool, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 07-04-2011 04:18 AM

Yes, elegant, simple, straight line design reminiscent of Art Deco. I like it very much, especially the handle. You were thinking “outside the box” for sure!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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