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Project by aurora posted 02-20-2012 02:33 PM 5659 views 37 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then my hats off to my inspiration, BTimmons and his predecessor Ben. I have always appreciated contrasting colors in natural species of wood, and certain design lines are particularly pleasing to the eye (much the way the Fibonacci series is used by Architects). BT’s piece seemed to have these beautiful lines, and I had to build one. While I have done other pieces of this genre (Japanese Modern Style), the lines and symmetry on some of my previous pieces seemed a bit off while the lines on this case seem to be close to perfect, at least to my eye. Japanese furniture is well known for it’s minimalist style, extensive use of high quality craftsman-ship, aesthetically pleasing geometry and reliance on wood grain instead of thick lacquers and carvings.

Here is my rendition in silver maple and ohio walnut with spalted maple drawer fronts from an antique rafter beam I salvaged. Remainder of drawers are local ash. Hand cut dovetails on drawers. I drew the leg radius with a pencil and string, I think it was about a 24” radius. The case was dado-ed to accept the walnut drawer shelf that the drawers rest on. The maple was horrible to hand plane, no matter what angle of approach i used. In the end, I sanded out the grain tears. Band saw and hand sanding the legs actually took less time than constructing the drawer pulls. Couldn’t quite seem to get them right, so ended up doing a multiple sets. Pulls had to run horizontal, to mimic the over horizontally largest dimension of the case, but had to have a similar curve of the legs. Turpentine thinned down polyurethane and boiled linseed oil, rubbed dry on each of 6 coats, then followed with a 2 coats of bees wax, ... for my honey.





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LukieB

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 03:41 PM

It’s gorgeous, very nice work. I love the shape of the legs, I thought about doing something similar for the jewelry box I’m making right now (Woodcraft Magazine). But I chickened out and stuck with the plans. This makes me wish I hadn’t. Gorgeous piece, fine craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 04:24 PM

Coolness personified. Great wood,great work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Tokolosi

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 04:33 PM

Really Beautifull box and I love the spalted Maple!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 04:33 PM

”If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then my hats off to my inspiration, BTimmons and his predecessor Ben.”

Well, color me flattered! You did really good with this project. It’s always cool to see variations on a theme. Your legs definitely came out better than mine, I like that you used half blind dovetails for the drawer faces, and the shaping of the drawer pulls is really cool.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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kcrandy

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 10:21 PM

Very cool! When I first saw it, I thought it was a dresser!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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Greylion

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 10:26 PM

Wonderful work! Gives me lots of ideas. Thanks.

-- Bill, "GreyLion" ,Montana, Eph 2:8

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moonls

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 10:34 PM

I really like the lines of this box as well as your choice of woods. Great job!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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SASmith

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#8 posted 02-20-2012 11:30 PM

Great piece.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Roger

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 12:39 AM

this is really nice. the spalted Maple is very kool. homemade pulls, and design is very nifty.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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TurnTurnTurn

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 02:16 AM

Really nice!!!! Love the wood selection.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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EarlS

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 02:31 AM

Beautiful lines. Getting the curves just right must have taken a lot of work. Spalted maple is a great wood that is so visually striking against the walnut.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 08:43 AM

if you ever get tired of looking at it
then let me store it for you …......a life time or two … :-)
very well designed and executed

thanks for sharing
Dennis

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miasmith

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 12:51 PM

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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Martyroc

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#15 posted 02-21-2012 12:53 PM

Beautiful form, love the contrast between the species.

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

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