Ripple sycamore Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by Ian Hawthorne posted 03-21-2012 02:09 PM 3103 views 12 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All

This my latest commission, its a fully veneered ripple sycamore over an MDF core.. The lid has been bookmatched and bordered with walnut. The escutcheon is mother of pearl again bordered in walnut – it has a single lift out tray and the interior is lined in mulberry suede. It has been sealed with several coats of shellac andthen waxed for a silky smooth touch, it is fitted with my brass hardware which can be found here The hinges are based on the side rail hinge with a a few changes and there is no ugly square knuckle poking out the back.



-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

33 comments so far

View blackcherry's profile


3161 posts in 2474 days

#1 posted 03-21-2012 02:29 PM

Outstanding box, crisp clean lines with wonderful grain flow I like this one a lot thanks for posting.

View a1Jim's profile (online now)


112075 posts in 2228 days

#2 posted 03-21-2012 02:57 PM

Blackcherry took the words out of my mouth ,beautiful. wonderful job.

-- Custom furniture

View Philip's profile


1110 posts in 1190 days

#3 posted 03-21-2012 04:09 PM

Another great box, well done!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

View Enoelf's profile


192 posts in 914 days

#4 posted 03-21-2012 04:24 PM

That bookmatched top really stands out. It creates a flow for the entire piece. I think those hinges are sweet too!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

View jaykaypur's profile


3338 posts in 1059 days

#5 posted 03-21-2012 05:30 PM

Exquisite workmanship and a beautiful grain on the veneers..

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

View RogerBean's profile


1139 posts in 1605 days

#6 posted 03-21-2012 05:47 PM

Wow. A crisp, super clean box design. As always, your box is flawlessly executed. I also really like the scalloped tray dividers. I always struggle to come up with something interesting to do with the trays. And, always, how do you pick them up? Anyway, I love these. The simple walnut line is perfect, as with the repetition on the lock escutcheon. While our styles may differ, that doesn’t mean that I can’t admire yours. Nicely done indeed. I always look forward to your next post.

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

View vakman's profile


301 posts in 1054 days

#7 posted 03-21-2012 06:02 PM

This is superb, thanks for posting

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

View SPalm's profile


4806 posts in 2533 days

#8 posted 03-21-2012 06:56 PM

Very nice Ian.
Lots of sweet features in there.

I guess those hinges hold fast using an MDF core. I have not had luck getting screws to hold.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View wooded's profile


297 posts in 923 days

#9 posted 03-21-2012 07:00 PM

Me too! ;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

View Ian Hawthorne's profile

Ian Hawthorne

291 posts in 1300 days

#10 posted 03-21-2012 07:02 PM

Thanks Guys

Roger – the tray is just lifted by one of the dividers.

Steve – the screws go through solid sycamore as I have created a MDF/Sycamore sandwich, so that when I separate the box lid and base it shows solid wood at the separation and saves me having to lip the inner edged.



-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

View Picho's profile


15 posts in 2433 days

#11 posted 03-21-2012 07:21 PM

amazing work!

View Roger's profile


14556 posts in 1455 days

#12 posted 03-21-2012 07:55 PM

Beautifully done Ian.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

View Dave Haynes's profile

Dave Haynes

198 posts in 2005 days

#13 posted 03-21-2012 08:06 PM

First class construction and resulting beauty! Nice work.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

View stefang's profile


13017 posts in 1985 days

#14 posted 03-21-2012 08:15 PM

Beautiful. Your design lets the wood speak for itself. Extremely well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View BarbS's profile


2434 posts in 2737 days

#15 posted 03-21-2012 08:20 PM

Why, that is Very fine. Nicely designed and executed, Ian.


showing 1 through 15 of 33 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase