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Project by orionoriginals posted 11-26-2011 07:14 PM 1881 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The inspiration for this came from an Art Deco drawer pull my wife picked up at the Restore in Victoria for 2 bits (for those of you who don’t know, Restore is a part of Habitat for Humanity in which donated building materials – both new and used like doors, windows, hardware, etc. – are resold to the public and proceeds used to finance new homes for deserving families).

It gives the impression of looking down an empty 4-lane highway on the prairies and the way it recedes in the distance. That is what I have attempted to portray here.

Materials used are Black Walnut, Bird’s-Eye Maple, Cherry and Cherry veneer on ply, Cardinal Wood and Iroko. The finish is 2 coats of Varathane Natural Oil Finish and then 3 coats (for now) of wax.

-- Jamie

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 07:39 PM

Wonderful piece.
Thanks for posting it.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 08:28 PM

Great looking box. What are the dimensions? I cand determine if it is a jewelry chest or a large piece.
whatever size it it the design is great…

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

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 08:30 PM

Nice , original piece : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 08:41 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 09:47 PM

Nice one Jamie. The perspective works well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 11:27 PM

Well done, you have achieved your goal – looks like a 4 lane highway. Beautiful piece.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 11-26-2011 11:29 PM

Great job on that box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 11-26-2011 11:34 PM

coolsville great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 06:50 AM

Very well thought out and executed.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#10 posted 11-27-2011 09:18 AM

Great job! I really like the design.

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#11 posted 11-27-2011 02:35 PM

really terrific design and execution.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#12 posted 11-27-2011 04:49 PM

Great design and build !
Having lived on the prairies I can see that long straight highway in your design .


-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 11-27-2011 09:50 PM

Thanks everyone. It was made as the prototype for a new design of jewellry box initially. It measures 9” wide x 9” deep x 12” high. The next one I make will be all Walnut and Maple or 2 other completely contrasting woods although I am in love with the walnut and maple combination as Shipwright can testify to. You need a fairly plain wood for the “highway” so as not to take away from the design. I felt the cherry was a little too much both in colour and grain. Of course one can easily reverse the woods so that the maple is the main wood and the walnut is the “highway”. The other change I will make will be to make the drawer pulls more like the concrete dividers you see on the highway – just a little refinement of the shape on the router should do the trick. I’ll see what reactions I get this weekend at the last Xmas show of the year (for me at least)!

-- Jamie

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#14 posted 12-07-2011 05:53 PM

Nicely done, Jamie. This is a great original piece. Looking forward to seeing the updated version when it’s finished. Nice concept!

-- 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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#15 posted 06-12-2013 04:26 AM

This box has now sold through a new gallery in Cowichan Bay and is now in New Mexico where there are plenty of roads like this! Anyone looking for new work by me will find it under l’atelier Orion as of June 11, 2013. Had some computer probs and lost all my ‘favourites’ in Internet Explorer and for the life of me I couldn’t remember the name of this site! Just happened on it buy accident today and rejoined but for some reason couldn’t get my old Orion Originals name to come up so rejoined under my new business name!

-- Jamie - l'atelier Orion

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