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Project by Chris Cook posted 05-16-2012 01:48 PM 1497 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this collection of experiments last year.

This is a combination of bubinga, redwood, mahogany, walnut and red cumala. The hinges are redwood. Bad choice for hinges. Too brittle, but managed to work here.

Bubinga is great and always finishes well.

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 01:50 PM

The hinges are really nice. I like the design. I also like the design of the handle. Overall a very nice experiment.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 05-16-2012 01:57 PM

That has a very handsome look to it. I think it looks nice.
Wooden hinges are always something to worry about, but fun to use.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 05-16-2012 03:21 PM

This box has a really warm, inviting feel to it. The woods work well together to make you want to pick it up and look inside.

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

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#4 posted 05-16-2012 04:49 PM

Good design, proportions and material thickness.

Re: the hinges, we all learn from our mistakes.

Overall impression is ‘friendly’.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 11:25 PM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 11:53 PM

Love the look of it, nice from every angle

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 12:59 AM

That is a very nice design. I would not have expected that wood combo to work that well together (but it did!). The hinges are excellent. I did a Shipwright hinge of redwood and it worked but I really worried about it until it was finished. Jatoba makes really stout hinges.

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

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 01:25 AM

Thanks to all! It’s due for a coat of wax and then it’s time to gift it out. I am going to post a couple of other, older boxes as well. I am about to give them away and want to do this beforehand.


-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 02:23 AM


There are several good thoughts here. I like the handles and the idea of the curve continuing after the top-cut is a nice innovation. The top has possibilities but all different widths and materials make it seem a bit too random.

All that said, it is still fun to play with ideas and see what they look like after we dream them up. The great thing about boxes is that they are not so time and money intensive that we are afraid to be experimental. It’s no problem to say…”I’ll fix that on the next box I make.” After all, it is just a box and play is important for adults too. I had to re-learn that from my infant grandson.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 05-18-2012 02:16 AM

Nice looking box, I like all the different woods you used, yet it looks like they all belong, well done.

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

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