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Project by Triumph1 posted 07-13-2011 04:40 PM 3503 views 28 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even when I am in the middle of one box build my mind is going crazy with other box designs. I use the “down” time (glue drying, finish drying, etc.) on the big builds to work on smaller boxes. “Haven” is a result of this. I wanted to design a box that was contained within its legs but yet an integral part of the overall box. I played with the main shape and the negative space for a while to come up with a design a liked.

The main body is made from Quartersawn Black Walnut. All edges are Wenge. I built a sled that held the main body at a 45 degree angle to the table saw. I then ran it through the table saw cutting away all but 1/16” of the miter joint. I then glued in a 1/8” thick piece of Wenge. When that was dry I sanded flat and then lined the top and bottom with Wenge. After that I started the shaping.

The legs are made from Curly Maple. I use a 45 degree chamfer bit to chamfer both edges on one side of a board making a 45 degree finished angle. I do this to four pieces and when I attach them together they make the ”+” shape you see. I also cut spline areas into the 45 degree finished angles and then use small squares of wood as splines to reinforce the joint. Of course there was alot more shaping involved to get the final shape you see. All four legs actually have a knife shape to them.

The top is made from Leopardwood and Curly Maple. The spike is made from gluing a solid brass rod into a copper tube. I then chuck it in a drill and spin it on a progression of metal files. When I reach the shape I want I start using sand paper to smooth it all out and the final step is to polish.

The inside dimension of “Haven” 2.375” x 2.375” x 2.375”. The overall outside dimensions are 7.5” x 7.5” x 7.25”. Finish is four soakings of Danish Oil followed by two buffings of Briwax. Lining is fabric.

Now hopefully my power will come back on so I can make some sawdust…I am going through a major woodworking withdrawal right now!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 07-13-2011 04:53 PM

Incredible design. It’s amazing you can crank something like this out in your down time. The top looks a bit like a batarang :).

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 07-13-2011 04:58 PM

So very cool on so many levels!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 05:03 PM

Another “triumph” in wood!

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

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 05:12 PM


You’ve done it again, another fantastic piece! I especially like the profile, how the leg outline continues into the handle.

I’m green with envy, way to go!

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 05:39 PM

That is supper cool!

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#6 posted 07-13-2011 05:54 PM

That is a really nice design and build Jeff..

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#7 posted 07-13-2011 05:54 PM

Wowzers! Your imagination is running rampant. Good work!


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#8 posted 07-13-2011 05:56 PM

Absolutely beautiful piece to say the least Jeff, I wish I had just 1/10th of your creative ability….........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 07-13-2011 06:17 PM

Not too bad for a “side project”!

Wow! Very creative, with an overall interesting composition that looks menacing, yet refined and elegant; it looks like a box that you wouldn’t want to mess with in a dark alley.

Very cool, with a machine-like, sculptural feel to this piece of art. It certainly looks like something that might be made of metal and carbon fiber, so it’s unexpected and refreshing to see it in wood.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 07-13-2011 06:50 PM

Stunning box, Jeff. The interplay of the legs and body is very interesting. Leg styling and shaping superb. I’m sorry though I don’t think the material on the inside bottom does anything for the overall design. That aside I like this one very much.

I know what those lean times can be like and I too hope this piece will signal the end of them. Lets make some sawdust!

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

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#11 posted 07-13-2011 06:54 PM

Hey Jeff,
That is just fantastic. And thanks for all the explanation.

I am just humbled by your creativity.

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-13-2011 07:05 PM

Work like this is why your name is well known in my home and with my friends. Truly inspiring piece of work you have here. Got to say the feet are my favorite aspect of it….. Well done bud, and hope you get the electric back on soon….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 07-13-2011 07:47 PM

Your woodworking is at a level all its own.

What an inspiration—-Thanks

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

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#14 posted 07-13-2011 08:05 PM

This is a very beautiful box. I also love the way the maple pieces frame the box and continue up to the handle. It is a pleasure to see this.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#15 posted 07-13-2011 08:25 PM

Just Beautiful!

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