"Butterfly" box

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Project by jaykaypur posted 885 days ago 1172 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this as a shop box to keep my “butterfly” keys in. The box is cedar and the butterfly is black walnut. This is the 3rd butterfly inlay that I’ve done and the best so far. Practice, practice, practice!

The box measure’s 12’’ L x 4’’ W x 3 1/2’’ H. It took me 1 hour to chisel the butterfly out and about another 1/2 hour to fit the key in just right.

It has 3 applications of Danish oil and then waxed with Howard’s Feed-n-Wax.

I may put some “stops” on the underside of the lid to keep it from sliding around, but all-in-all, it’s done!

Thanks for looking

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 885 days ago

Good looking box. I like the cedar. You say that you chiseled your butterfly out? Wow, that’s hard core :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 885 days ago

Thanks Bill. Since I dont have a router it has to be hard-core for now. I like doing them and it gives me much needed practice.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 885 days ago

That’s awful,awful darn pretty :)) great design and build.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 885 days ago

Very clever. I like it.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 885 days ago

Cool box. I love the colors in the wood. Great job on the inlay.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#6 posted 885 days ago

Cool! With what’s left over you could make “nested” boxes!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 885 days ago

lew, now that you mention it….and I started thinking about it…...that “left over” (after sliced down) will make a great butterfly for a huge slab of poplar that has some nice cracks in it. Thanks.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 885 days ago

That is cool!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 884 days ago

Great design and construction

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 884 days ago

Great design. Just a thought, if you do decide to put stop(s) on the lid. You could always take a thin slice off of the slab since it is the exact inside dimension and glue i to the underside of the lid. When I have done boxes like that I put the slab inside the box and glue the whole slab to the lid so it lines up perfectly. Then take the slab/lid to the bandsaw and trim off the slab at your preferred depth.

-- TIme in the shop is time well spent.

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#11 posted 826 days ago

Shop box? man, my shop boxes are all cruddy scraps and MDF/ or ply.

That looks great!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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