Yet another box - I love 'em

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 03-13-2008 12:09 AM 36298 views 28 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d struggled, last year, to think of something to make for Mrs YS for Christmas. I’ve made Jewellery boxes, Sewing boxes, Jewellery boxes as well as Jewellery boxes in previous years. So I eventually decided on this. It’s a “Things That Get Left on the Coffee Table” box. i.e. pens, scissors, and bits of knitting equipment that I don’t fully understand.

From my dwindling pile of really interesting bits of wood, I chose a piece of brown oak and a piece of burr/burl oak. I love wooden hinges and this became the prototype hinge for my Winter Challenge entry.

I’d set out to make the hinge entirely from bog oak but it split and crumbled dreadfully, ending up more CA Superglue than bog oak! So I cut it off, leaving a strip and glued on a length of walnut that blended nicely. It was a good outcome (I think) as I find the separation that the bog oak provides quite attractive.

The box measures 7.75” x 4.5” x 3.5” and I used my mitre trimmer for the corner joints. I used the same technique for the hinges as I did on my competition entry.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 03-13-2008 12:14 AM

wow that is such a beautiful box. i love the look of the wood and the rough edge that was left on the front gives it a great look. the wooden hinge out of walnut is really cool too. i know that Mrs YS will love it.

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#2 posted 03-13-2008 12:16 AM

Very nice. I’m working on my first box right now and I have to say I’m impressed when people can get the corners right like that. I have gaps. The whole thing is very nice.

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#3 posted 03-13-2008 12:23 AM

Excellent job, I second the comment about the hinge. The oak burl looks great also, what finish did you use?

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#4 posted 03-13-2008 12:28 AM

Thanks folks.

Dave – The finish is just my oft-used simplistic approach – several applications of Danish Oil, worked in occasionally with fine wet/dry abrasive. Then a beeswax polish after a few days.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 03-13-2008 12:43 AM

Fantastic looking box Yorkie!

The execution is perfect and the wood selection is great!

Mrs YS should be very happy.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 03-13-2008 12:48 AM

Another fantastic project, Stewart. I surely do envy your hinge-making ingenuity!

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

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#7 posted 03-13-2008 01:02 AM

Beautiful box Stewart. The wooden hinges and live edge along with that wonderful bog oak is amazing!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#8 posted 03-13-2008 01:36 AM


The live edge was a wonderful idea. This adds an eye-catching detail to the box. Your wood selection has beautiful grain. Great post. I can well understand why you like to do these. They are habit forming.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 03-13-2008 01:43 AM

another great box sir stewart !

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#10 posted 03-13-2008 01:44 AM

This is a really cool box, I love the hinge.

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#11 posted 03-13-2008 02:21 AM

I don’t see this box sitting on the coffee table, maybe the mantle, filled with keep sakes. But thats just me.

-- Andy Stark

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#12 posted 03-13-2008 02:35 AM

I’d be proud to have that box on my coffee table. Another winner!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#13 posted 03-13-2008 03:55 AM

Along with agreeing with all the other comments, the one thing I really like in particular with this box is the way you laminated different woods together as a transition to the hinge (the “stripes” on the top near the hinge). You have such a unique style, Stewart. And I really like it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 03-13-2008 05:53 AM

Bog oak can be a bugger to work with, Stewart. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has troubles with it! Your modification of the original plan turned out quite well, though.

Love the burl in the front of the box. I’ve always thought you didn’t need to do anything fancy with a piece when the wood gets all fancy for ya!

-- Ethan,

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#15 posted 03-13-2008 08:14 AM

Yup, splendid choice of timber as well as the signature hinges. I like the way the live edge cuts back to concave directly over that great knot on the front of the box. And the bog oak accent is wonderful as well. Another splendid box from Die Voigtländer.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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