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Project by gfadvm posted 07-12-2011 12:05 AM 1665 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made of Ipe/Brazilian Walnut wood flooring scraps. The splines and inlaid stripes are oak [should have used maple]. The secret compartment is a fun surprise for folks. Dimensions are 8×6x5”. Finish is BLO and wax. I would do wood hinges if I had it to do over. Otherwise, I’m satisfied with it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 07-12-2011 02:33 AM

Gotta love those hidden compartments!

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

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#2 posted 07-12-2011 02:42 AM

The old “secret stash” compartment.
Nice job.

-- Eric, central Florida

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Transition

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 02:43 AM

Nice! Why do you say you should have used Maple?

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 03:23 AM

Andrew – The oak just looks “dirty” to me. Maple would have been more white without the darker grain.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-12-2011 04:34 AM

Your oak inlaid stripes look just fine – not dirty at all. The whole box look very nice indeed!

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

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#6 posted 07-12-2011 09:26 AM

That looks really nice, Andy. How did you get your HW flooring scraps? (I wish I had a source.)
Does the bottom stay on when you lift it? If so, how? Friction? Magnets? A catch?

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#7 posted 07-12-2011 10:33 AM

Great Box
I like the set up and the layout to the box. Well Done
Arlin

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-12-2011 03:10 PM

Donny – The bottom is not attached. I go by Lumber Liquidators and beg scraps. Also my brother does the occasional wood floor [but mostly carpet]You just gave me an idea: magnets. I’m going to try that! Thanks. This is why I love this site.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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DonnyBahama

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#9 posted 07-12-2011 06:06 PM

I’ve seen magnets embedded to where they’re invisible. Little rare earth magnets inserted into a drilled hole (from whichever side isn’t visible) then the hole is plugged with a dowel (or a sliver of one).

I think secret compartments are a lot cooler when you have to know they’re there and know how to open them. My wife is practically desperate for a jewelry box with really good hidden compartments. I’ve bought her a fair amount of jewelry in our 20 years together, and some of it is extra special to her. If we ever got burgled, she’d want to know that (e.g.) the pearls she wore with her wedding dress were stashed safely in a hidden compartment. Of course, all bets are off when the jewelry box is beautiful enough to get stolen! ;)

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society - http://lumberjocks.com/topics/29451

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