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Project by John Fynewever posted 08-06-2011 08:06 PM 3149 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This veneered box is 11 1/4×7 x 4” and veneered with walnut burl. It is edged with boxwood and inlaid with a fine black/white/black line. The lid is a four way bookmatch, inside and out. The lock escutcheon is white mother of pearl. The finish is French polish.

Hardware includes a half mortise lock, and I used Andrew Crawford’s new SmartHinges. I just received these hinges and found them to be the easiest hinges to install that I have ever used. The interior is lined with brown leather and contains a single tray of walnut. The tray has a fine white/black line to set off the edge. The box opening also has a fine white/black/white line inlay. The bottom is veneered in a quarter cut walnut.

This box is a gift for a friend’s lake home, and sized to hold a leather guest book and pen.

This is my first post. I want to thank my good friend Roger Bean for getting me started in the joys of box making. Roger is a disciple of Andrew Crawford and I of Roger.





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SCOTSMAN

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 08:20 PM

That’s a box to be proud of ,Well it’s as nice as anything in the box making world as ever I have seen.Truly a real beauty I love it. Alistair

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

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shipwright

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 08:56 PM

Beautiful burl, excellent matching and fine detail.

Welcome to LJ’s

One lovely piece of work John

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 09:01 PM

Great details!

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

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 09:28 PM

Very nice. I like the Kaliedascope look of the veneer.
Those hinges are nice and I almost ordered some but at $64+ US they are overpriced for my wallet in addition to needing a 30mm router bit.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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itsmic

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 09:32 PM

Sharp looking box, beautiful veneer, tastefully done, I’m sure you have made Roger proud with this piece, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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woodworm

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

The veneer looks like mica to me, it shows that it was very neatly & nicely glued-up!
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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RogerBean

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 12:40 AM

John,
A genuine pleasure to see your work here on LumberJocks. A really fine piece. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of well deserved praise on this wonderful box. Looking forward to seeing more of your craftsmanship here. My compliments.
Roger

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

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hlpaint

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 04:14 AM

A beautiful Andrew like box, I think you are right up there with him. Welcome to LJ and hope to see more of your work . It makes me try harder to come up to your guys level.
Thanks for sharing.

-- The guy who makes no mistakes hasn't done anything

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 05:51 AM

Fantastic box, very nicely detailed, the burl is absolutely beautiful. Welcome aboard.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 08-07-2011 05:59 AM

saweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet looking box, I just have one question that needs an answer where did you get the boxwood for the edging?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#11 posted 08-07-2011 06:02 AM

Terrific box John. Like the butterfly look of your four way match and like the fact that you veneered the interior with a match as well. Lots of nice details in this box. The hinges and makers mark are excellent touches. Look forward to more of your work. With a friend like Roger, you can’t go wrong.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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hingeman

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#12 posted 08-07-2011 09:38 AM

Hi, John – welcome to LJs! This is a lovely box and nicely made!

The bookmatches are beautifully chosen, inside and out – it works so well using sap as well as just heartwood. And the way the sap seems to drip off the lid and down the sides – excellent.

And glad you got on well with the hinges! – I look forward to your future projects.

Andrew.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK http://www.box-making.com

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#13 posted 08-07-2011 02:19 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks John…. I always love seeing a box maker join our ranks. What a beautiful piece of work you have here. Stunning work! Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 08:34 PM

Hi John, Welcome to LJ.

A great piece indeed. I like it too much.

With such teachers, what the less can we expect from an applied pupil.

It seems that american boxmakers are striking back !!

ENjoy your time here

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 08-10-2011 10:19 AM

Wow, that is so beautiful. I woder how many layers of french polish are on there, my guess is at least 50.

-- Ollie, UK.

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