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Project by Dchip posted 11-13-2011 11:14 PM 2095 views 17 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went a little more elaborate with this box than in past boxes. Padauk with some book-matched burl veneer and a little bit of walnut. Sides are rabbets pinned with 1/8’’ brass rod sanded flush. Definitely should have used a brad-point bit, as there was a bit of wander, but I got impatient and you all know how that usually ends up. First time trying to grain match a drawer, ended up alright but messed up the grain going around the box. All in all, a great learning experience for future boxes. All comments/questions/criticisms appreciated.

Never gave credit to Blake’s box, some pretty heavy inspiration:

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 11-13-2011 11:26 PM

Nicely done, Dan. I have a weakness for burl veneers, and the combo with the padauk looks great. Also, glad to know that I’m not alone with impatience!!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#2 posted 11-13-2011 11:36 PM

I like it a lot , the inlay on the inside is cool.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 12:11 AM

Nice box, Dan. The wood combo is very attractive, and now you have me thinking about brass dowels and splines for some of mine. Don’t you love the sweet smell of the padauk when you are working it?

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 12:34 AM

Very Nice, this has real style and class, great choice of wood displayed in a clean, attrative box, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 12:39 AM

I love the design, wood combo, and execution. This one definitely get an “A” from me!

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

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 12:52 AM

Very very nice box with some excellent details !
What is that band I see inside the back of the box ?


-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 11-14-2011 12:53 AM

Nicely done, that is a very attractive box.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 12:55 AM

Great looking box. The padauk looks great with the veneer, especially the strip through the middle of the bookmatch joint. How well did the finish cure over the brass rod?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 11-14-2011 04:01 AM

Thanks everyone.

The inside inlay is just some 1/4’’ prefab stuff from Rockler. First time using it, I will definitely use it again. I wanted a simple outside so I thought right at the top lip would be a good spot. Just had to glue it in before assembling the box and make sure I didn’t cut through it when taking off the lid.

The finish is shellac then lacquer, so there was no problem with adhesion. An oil finish might tack up on the brass but could most likely be buffed away, especially so with some wax.

Padauk is a favorite of mine, it does have quite the smell. The dust is another story.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#10 posted 11-14-2011 05:20 AM

Handsome work….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 11-14-2011 06:33 AM

Elegant box Dan.

I like the brass pins.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 11-14-2011 07:15 AM

Very attractive box, burl and padauk go together very well, good work.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 11-14-2011 07:43 AM

Wow Dan, this is one beautiful box !
Wonderful job on the details and wood combo. I also love the burl in the lid and the unique “split”..... nice touch!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 11-14-2011 08:36 AM

Nice and clean workmanship – well done.

-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#15 posted 11-14-2011 08:52 AM

The zoom feature really let me see the details of the box. Very nice. I would like to see what happens when you aren’t impatient. I just cut some Elm burl that looks similar. I hope it looks as good with a Cherry box.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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