Deco-esque box

  • Advertise with us
Project by KnickKnack posted 12-23-2011 05:47 PM 3434 views 6 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


701 posts in 3209 days

#1 posted 12-23-2011 06:04 PM

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


2393 posts in 3129 days

#2 posted 12-23-2011 09:03 PM

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

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

View sras's profile (online now)


4811 posts in 3156 days

#3 posted 12-23-2011 09:07 PM

Nice design and some interesting ideas.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View doncutlip's profile


2832 posts in 3583 days

#4 posted 12-23-2011 11:20 PM

Really sharp and creative, I like it a lot.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

View Sodabowski's profile


2374 posts in 2860 days

#5 posted 12-23-2011 11:40 PM

Ooh man! Totally Deco-esque!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

View EMVarona's profile


437 posts in 2863 days

#6 posted 12-24-2011 01:52 AM

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


6141 posts in 3031 days

#7 posted 12-24-2011 06:54 AM

What an interesting idea for a box and well done

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

View EyeOfTheJen's profile


205 posts in 2443 days

#8 posted 01-08-2012 05:34 PM

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