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Project by blockhead posted 04-27-2012 12:16 AM 2949 views 24 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is a commission for a co-worker. She wanted a retirement gift for her husband who will be retiring in a few weeks. She was looking for something not too fussy or over the top, but fairly simple and nice to sit on the dresser. I’m giving it to her tomorrow so hopefully this is what she was looking for and likes it.

The box is Walnut with Maple splines in what I call an “I” joint. The lid is Quilted Maple, Padauk and some Black Walnut with a little spalting. The handle is Birdseye Maple, Padauk and Wenge with some shaping. The posts are polished aluminum spacers. She wanted it simple with no dividers or anything so the bottom is just lined with black suede.

As I said earlier, I’m giving it to her tomorrow so I hope she likes it. It’s always a little nerve wracking before giving someone something they ordered. As always, thanks for looking and any comments/critiques are welcome.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.





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degoose

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 12:25 AM

Love the way you made the corners with the fingerlike joint and the splines defining the line…

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 01:03 AM

That is a beautiful box and your co-worker should be thrilled. After studying all the pics, I can’t figure out your “I” joints. They look like splined butt joints but I’m sure I’m missing something. Can you enlighten me further? (diagram/drawing?)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 01:07 AM

I agree, I don’t normally like finger joints but this looks great.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 01:10 AM

that is a great looking box and i am sure she and her husband will both like it very much.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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blockhead

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 01:29 AM

I appreciate the comments LJ’s…

@gfadvm- I’m not a big fan of the traditional finger joint and wanted something different, but kinda similar. I’ts kinda of a “tab A” into “slot B” sorta thing. Here’s a couple of links to some earlier ones I’ve done. Here and here.

Greg, I hope you’re right!

Thanks again!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 01:44 AM

Beautiful box, your choice of lumber makes a nice contrast. I really like the rounded corners and the way the top handle takes from the lid design, the quilted maple is gorgeous.

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

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 04-27-2012 02:03 AM

If I get this…it appears to be a twist on a green and green type joint that you lap in and then round off. The accent maple splines are a nice touch. Do they function or are they a way to get a good tight seam? For “not too fussy” this is pretty elaborate, but I do like the look. It is a beautiful piece of work and anyone would be lucky to own it.

I like that your handle “floats,” but I can’t decide if I like the aluminum part. It seems a little out of character with the rest of the piece. That said, you have an excellent and innovative design here and it is a great display of craftsmanship.

Thanks for sharing this with us. There is a lot to think about in this work.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 08:35 AM

Beautiful unique box with lots of refined details. I’m sure your customer and her husband will love this Brad. I also liked the way you did the giant finger joint. I love the way it wraps around to the back.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Rowe

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#9 posted 04-27-2012 08:36 AM

Great combination of woods and unusual jointing method. Really nice to receive as a gift.
Jim

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

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 09:25 AM

Very nice box!Interesting shape and colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Lenny

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#11 posted 04-27-2012 09:59 AM

Hi Brad. That is a beautiful box with unique joinery. It has a masculine look to it yet your choice of wood species gives it some color pop. Well done!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Bradford

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#12 posted 04-27-2012 10:26 AM

Blockhead, I absolutely love this box. The combo of woods with contrasting grains and tones are well thought out. Your joinery is very clever, and a very clean touch with the splines. The handle is…well, off the charts beautiful. The handle hardware adds a nice floating look. The not too fussy part is, that it’s perfect.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 04-27-2012 11:13 AM

great color combo & love the handle

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blockhead

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#14 posted 04-27-2012 11:18 AM

You guys are too kind, thanks much for taking the time to comment!

@Boxguy- I used the splines here as more for contrast than anything else. They are not really needed as the joint is quite strong with lots of glue surface. As long as the fit is tight, splines are not really needed. Thanks again!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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jaykaypur

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#15 posted 04-27-2012 11:36 AM

A beautiful piece of work as are the examples you suggested we look at for the joinery “questioned.”

I think its a great piece and if they dont dont like it, you can ship it to me.

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

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