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Project by Don posted 02-06-2007 12:24 AM 2982 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Of the over fifty boxes that I’ve made, this is one of two that I’ve retained. The rest were given as gifts to family member and friends.

This Myrtle box is made with a Walnut burl veneer inset in the lid and Walnut accent pieces. This box is my own design, with sides slopping 5 degrees toward the top, and the lid sides sloped 5 degrees the other way. The lid frame has a raised panel effect by cutting a bevel in the frame. It makes the lid appear thin where the lid meets the box sides, but allows sufficient thickness to accept the veneered panel and Beech retainer strip. The compound angles were a challenge, but fun to work out.

I also used a brass hinge that opens to just beyond 90 degrees. Using this kind of hinge mitigates the need for a lid retainer. The hinges are quite small, so I was concerned about their strength. I epoxied as well as screwed the hinges in place.

The finish is MinWax Wipe-on Poly.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/





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Obi

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#1 posted 02-06-2007 12:49 AM

I never noticed how big your fingers were before… they’re HUGE !!!

And like usual, your box is a masterpiece. Just out of curiosity, about how long does it take you to make one?

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#2 posted 02-06-2007 12:52 AM

That Walnut Burl is beautiful, well the whole box is. Those are interesting hinges.

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Don

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#3 posted 02-06-2007 01:00 AM

Quote Obi: ”...about how long does it take you to make one?”

Michael, it’s difficult to answer this question because I have no need to keep track of my time. Furthermore, I don’t usually work continuously on each project. I tend to work in fits and starts because there always seems to be other demands on my time.

So this is a guess – about 16 hours.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 02-06-2007 01:17 AM

Don.
Another beauty, I love the grain figure in the veneer, it looks like a painting. It would be nice to see a larger full view of the top.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#5 posted 02-06-2007 01:28 AM

Don, absolutely gorgeous work. The angled sides really give nice delicate balance to the box. The walnut burl is spectacular. Where did you obtain those intersting hinges? Thanks for sharing this project.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Don

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#6 posted 02-06-2007 01:44 AM

Quote Dick: It would be nice to see a larger full view of the top.

Thanks, Dick – here’s a close up of the top.

Quote David: ”Where did you obtain those interesting hinges?”

David, I purchased them from Veneer Inlay Australia. This is a very good supplier – their hinges are close in quality to the much more expensive Brusso Hinges.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#7 posted 02-06-2007 03:10 AM

that wood is fantastic! The box ain’t too shabby either :)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don Mitchell

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#8 posted 02-06-2007 03:39 AM

Great job on the box! Those hinges may be cheaper for you but the shipping will probably negate the savings!! I wish I could find an alternative to the Brusso’s but I have yet to find any of quality that stop at 95 degrees like yours do. At $20.00 a pop the Brusso’s get expensive!

-- Don

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David

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#9 posted 02-06-2007 06:32 AM

Don, thanks for the hinge resource. More importantly, thanks for the awesome photo of the walnut burl veneer! The depth and figure are beautiful.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#10 posted 02-06-2007 09:05 AM

Don-

Beautiful work Mate. We just spent a couple of days learning and figuring out Pyramid trig. how to figure out at what angles to cut what to make things slot upward. Very interesting stuff. But the walnut looks really nice. Is that Tasmanian Myrtle? It doesn’t look as pink as when I last used it.

Looks great though Don, keep it up mate

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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Don

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#11 posted 02-06-2007 10:33 AM

Quote Kaleo: ”Is that Tasmanian Myrtle?”

Yes, I believe that it is. I actually milled this wood over a year before using it in this box. I believe the wood oxidized somewhat, because I too thought that the normal pink tone of the Tasmanian Myrtle had become more subtle in color. I was fortunate to find this walnut veneer. My supplier runs a back yard operation, and doesn’t seem to be that concerned about spending an hour with a small customer as I pick my way through flitch after flitch.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#12 posted 02-06-2007 04:22 PM

I think I need to start doing some veneer work. That’s gorgeous.

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com

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#13 posted 02-06-2007 05:10 PM

Your work never ceases to amaze me. Such craftsmanship. Truly, thou art a master.

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Don

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#14 posted 02-07-2007 12:03 AM

Obi, you are very kind and very wrong. There’s only one master and we both know Him.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Chip

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#15 posted 04-18-2007 01:46 AM

One last comment and then I promise to stop bothering you with old projects. Great piece, beautiful wood, outstanding craftsmanship. Ok, I’m all caught up on your posted work.

So when can we expect another box? (ok, so I fibbed about one last comment ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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