Homeopathic medicine box

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Project by Jim Rowe posted 02-10-2012 03:52 PM 6525 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pair of boxes for someone whose wife was about to graduate as a Homeopathic Doctor. For those of you who are familiar with this branch of medicine it involves the dispensing of small quantities of extremely dilute medications. The medicines are held in small vials and a suitable method of holding them was required. I came up with the design you can see here which was able to accommodate a total of 320 vials in two cabinets. The tray to hold the vials was made from a veneered sandwich of lemon wood and padauk on an MDF substrate. All 320 holes were drilled using a 12mm forstner bit. The hole layout was designed to fit with the lemon wood and padauk sections. The case was made from Indian Rosewood and the doors were veneered using Indian Rosewood and lemonwood.. The finish was a combination of shellac and lemon oil which is “food safe”.
Picture 1 shows one of the cabinets closed
Picture 2 shows an open cabinet
Picture 3 shows a closer look at the inner tray
Picture 4 shows both cabinets
A complex (for me) and very satisfying project. I hope you enjoy seeing it.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 03:56 PM

Nice work.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 04:02 PM

Beautiful boxes ,wonderful wood and a good design.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 04:05 PM

Great looking boxes and really nice work on the inside! That must have taken you a long time to accomplish this.

For anyone else wondering about Homeopathy, you can visit the following link:

Keep up the great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 04:56 PM

Stunning work. Love the choice of woods. The grain layout puts this piece over the top. Great work!

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 05:18 PM

Nice job! Those look really sharp.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 02-10-2012 10:17 PM

Great looking box, love that wood.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 02-10-2012 11:11 PM

Great design & from reading what you wrote I am guessing very functional. Nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 02-10-2012 11:13 PM

Superb use of wood. The rosewood and lemon are perfect complements. Nicely done..

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

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#9 posted 02-10-2012 11:31 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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