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Just Fooling Around, A 16 way Marquetry Box

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Project by shipwright posted 918 days ago 3905 views 20 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a hard one to name. Inside out, Inside/Outside the Box, Fun With Hinges, etc, etc, etc.
But when the dust settles you gotta tell it like it is … Just Foolin’ Around.

It started out as an exercise to see if I could build a reversible box, two boxes in one if you wish.
Three corners have cut off pins and the fourth has a pin with a little bend on the end for a handle. If you pull that pin you can swing the box inside out exposing all the sides that were previously “inside the box”. Flip the bottom, close the lid and reinsert the pin and you have a second box, which through the magic of Boulle style marquetry, is the exact negative of the first. The front panel is classic cut because of the number of different veneers.

As I was playing with it (and it is really hard not to play with) I realized that you can actually get sixteen different configurations if you are willing to pull the other pins.

So Voila! Sixteen boxes in one.

EDIT: As I was looking again I noticed that if you invert the bottom the number doubles to thirty-two.

All the hinges are built as those in my blog: http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/series/4096

Thanks for looking, I hope it makes you smile.

Paul

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/





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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 918 days ago

Hi Paul, It looks like your getting that Marquetry skill level better & better. Great looking box! I really like your two boxes in one idea. Keep up the excellent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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majeagle1

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#2 posted 918 days ago

Just foolin around huh?!!! I wish I could “fool around” that good. This is the ultimate of creativity!
Your marquetry is perfection and skill are the same….... beautiful box Paul !!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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therookie

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#3 posted 918 days ago

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 918 days ago

You knew this one would get my attention didn’t you? That is very innovative. Not sure of the practical value but I too like to do stuff because I can. Nobody does hinges and marquetry like you so you should flaunt it! Another great Shipwright project. Keep inspiring us .

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#5 posted 918 days ago

Great looking box, Paul !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 918 days ago

Wow Paul very cool fooling around. Outstanding box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Schwieb

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#7 posted 918 days ago

Paul,

You’re simply amazing. This is quite clever and a beautiful box any wood worker could admire but only a few could hope to execute. Your marquetry skills just keep getting better and better.

This really did make me smile!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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cathyb

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#8 posted 918 days ago

Sigh…...you are amazing. Wait a minute, didn’t I say that before? Or is there an echo in this room? Heavens to Betsy, you are one prolific and incredibly talented guy! Frankly just knowing you makes me a better woodworker because I know greatness is possible if you just put your mind to it. I am creating some pretty cool stuff right now, but not as cool as this box. It is lovely. Well done sir….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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SPalm

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#9 posted 918 days ago

Ok, you win.
This is fantastic. I just reminds me of someone having a lot of fun, with the skills to pull it off.

Very very nice,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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sedcokid

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#10 posted 918 days ago

Outstanding!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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SteveGaskins

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#11 posted 918 days ago

Paul, great looking box. Your craftmanship is inspirational. Love the ribbon on the box. I know nothing of marquetry, but would love to learn some day.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 918 days ago

Paul, This is awesome. I am having difficulty on making just one hinge (your style) and yet you have made it 5 times in this box. Addition to that attraction is the marquetry. Really good work.

-- Bert

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grizzman

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#13 posted 918 days ago

well paul, i like this fooling around…i think its perfect for this project..its beautiful and quite interesting very cool concept, when you stop fooling around…man i wanna be there…i wanna see it…....hows your golf game going, my oldest son just got a new golf cart, but hes in utah..otherwise i would send him your way…great project …grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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bobasaurus

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#14 posted 918 days ago

Amazing work. Your craftsmanship is always top notch. This concept is incredibly unique.

-- Allen, Colorado

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RogerBean

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#15 posted 918 days ago

Paul,
This one really makes me smile. I love it. Your ingenuity never disappoints.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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