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"Stormy Night in the Mountains"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 05-02-2012 11:43 AM 4029 views 27 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stormy Night in the Mountains started life with an email conversation between a friend and I. He was looking for a special birthday gift for his girlfriend and wanted me to design a jewelry box for her. The fact that they live in Colorado and are big “outsiders” played a large part in the design.

I had picked up some beautiful ,mineral streaked, birdseye maple on a motorcycle trip up in Northern Michigan. To me it looked as if there was a storm going on in the wood with all the mineral streaks and figure. Thank you Bell Forest Products! I knew right away I wanted to use it on this project. The main body is made up of this birsdeye maple with Black Walnut end caps. The joints are strengthened with handmade dowels of three sizes.

The lid frame work is made from quartersawn Black Walnut. I used a Bridle joint to construct it. The floating panel center is made from self made veneers, using the “stormy” birdseye maple, with a 1/4” baltic birch core. It is pinned in using brass rod. The brass rod is 1/8” in diameter which matches the diameter of the dowel that would have went in that location.

The main part of the legs are made from Jatoba. They have Black Palm caps and a Black Walnut foot. On the tall legs the Black Palm caps are removable to reveal two secret compartments.

The removable tray is made from Birdseye Maple and uses 1/8” handmade black walnut dowels to strengthen the joint. The dividers are also made from Birdseye Maple.

The design goal was to have the main body “float” in the legs. The main body represented the encompassing storm and the towering legs represented the mountains.

Stormy Night in the Mountains was finished with three soakings of Danish Oil followed by two buffings of Briwax. It is lined with dark purple faux suede. Dimensions are 22.25” x 7.75” x 5.25”.

Critiques welcome. Time to go make more sawdust!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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#1 posted 05-02-2012 11:54 AM

I’m certain I have never seen a similar design. Great wood selection as well.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 12:02 PM

That is a unique design, I love your choice of wood, this came out really nice.

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

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bfergie

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 12:03 PM

Very cool and original. I’d say it will look good here in CO. Thanks for sharing!

-- Fergie in CO

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 12:15 PM

Dang Jeff, you got serious design skills. It is such a treat to see your stuff. Creative++

Wonderful, just wonderful,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 12:19 PM

Beautiful materials, and another super-creative design. I don’t know how you keep coming up with ideas!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 12:41 PM

Jeff stunning design.thats a pic of art.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 12:46 PM

I’ve never seen a design quite like this and me likes! Very, very cool with a simple but bold look. Excellent work once again, Jeff!

-- 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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#8 posted 05-02-2012 12:50 PM

Good work love them

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 12:54 PM

Trickery in the legs, I like it . . . a lot. You may see a replica soon.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 01:06 PM

Very creative. Wood selection is great. Just an idea. On the underside of the caps to the secret compartments, attatch a long thin rod to hold rings, short rod for a necklace. Something internal to hold something. Well done, thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#11 posted 05-02-2012 01:10 PM

Jeff,
Your creativity is so amazing!!
You certainly don’t get in a rut.

Thanks once again

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 01:31 PM

Very unique grain in the lumber! Well done!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#13 posted 05-02-2012 01:39 PM

Jeff;

Excuse the pun, but “That’s thinking outside the box!”. Great design and craftsmanship.

Keep up the great work,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#14 posted 05-02-2012 01:54 PM

Great work, it is beautiful and a one of a kind! I’m sure she loves it….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 05-02-2012 02:00 PM

Is this a new design? LOL’s Great job as usual in bending the rules to intrigue the mind, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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