Deco-esque box

  • Advertise with us
Project by KnickKnack posted 980 days ago 2392 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box grew out of the single idea of a flip-top box with the “handle” based on a 45° cut in a single piece of additional wood standing proud of the carcass. Hard to describe but you can see it in the pictures.
I found the piece of “brown” wood (together with 2 of his brothers) in a skip – something mahogany like, I guess – and his size determined the size of the whole thing.

Once I’d routed out the slot using this (probably dodgy) technique…

... I reached for a hand-saw, yes, you heard me, a hand-saw, to cut the right angles. Of course, it took me a while to find such a tool, since I almost never use one. I worried for a while about how i was going to cut it to exactly the right size, until I realised that I actually didn’t have to! As long as the angle was right, it would slide into place. Cunning plan or what. Anyways – I slid it into place and it seemed interesting that it extended beyond the bottom and top, so I left that – I figured I could always remove it later, but, at trial fit time, I thought it came out OK so it stayed.
I cut the 45° in the composite piece, then took the 45° down from the non-top piece using my magic jig. The same jig got me the 45° on the bit sticking out of the back.
I usually go for 6mm metal hinge prongs, but I went for 3mm this time – hacking up a nail for the 2 prongs.

I guess that’s about all. I spent a long time on this, and I think it shows – at the moment I’m pleased with it.
I put a very slight taper on the ash sides where they join the oak. In theory I think that ought to have been OK, but I’m not sure it doesn’t look like it just doesn’t fit properly.

SWMBO’s verdict – “that’s kind of stylish” – in my book that’s a Result with a capital “R”!

Ash, fumed oak, ?mahogany?. Tung oil finish. 13cm x 14 cm x 8cm

All comments welcome.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

8 comments so far

View shopmania's profile


692 posts in 1816 days

#1 posted 980 days ago

Looks great! Love the bold shapes and contrast. “Kinda Stylish” is a good description!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

View redryder's profile


2139 posts in 1735 days

#2 posted 980 days ago

Art Deco is always in style.
Love the wood colors….........

-- mike...............

View sras's profile


3820 posts in 1763 days

#3 posted 980 days ago

Nice design and some interesting ideas.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View doncutlip's profile


2832 posts in 2190 days

#4 posted 980 days ago

Really sharp and creative, I like it a lot.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View Sodabowski's profile


2002 posts in 1467 days

#5 posted 980 days ago

Ooh man! Totally Deco-esque!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

View EMVarona's profile


436 posts in 1469 days

#6 posted 980 days ago

Wow! That is a beauty. Nice design, nice wood, nice finish. Merry Christmas to you!

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

View NormG's profile


4112 posts in 1637 days

#7 posted 979 days ago

What an interesting idea for a box and well done

-- Norman

View EyeOfTheJen's profile


205 posts in 1050 days

#8 posted 964 days ago

That is a very interesting design. I love the concept.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase