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Project by woodpezzer posted 795 days ago 2505 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at building a bentwood box. It is made from Bird’s Eye Maple and Cocobolo. The plan calls for square toothpicks to be used along the base but I forgot to order them so I constructed them myself using cocobolo. Master craftsman Jim Anderson designed this Nordic-style Fjord Horse tine box – it is featured, along with his detailed plans, in American Woodworker magazine #139, Dec/Jan 2009.

I discovered very quickly I need three hands to bend the wood around my form. Luckily my husband was watching my progress with interest and stepped in to help! Shaping the fingers after bending the Bird’s Eye Maple proved troublesome and they ended up much shorter, and closer to center, than intended. After finishing the box, I contacted the designer. He very graciously replied and suggested shaping the fingers before boiling. At the time, I was using a worn out Delta Scroll Saw and now I have a fantastic, less bulky, Excalibur EX 21 so perhaps cutting the fingers after bending won’t be a problem. For the next tine box I will try it both ways and see which way works the best.

The second tine box is about 1/3 smaller and actually the first box I made using the design although it is not bentwood. I was anxious to get going so while waiting for the water/heat resistant gloves, tray and other supplies to arrive, I used several layers of Cherry veneer to form the carcass—No steam required! The lid is solid cherry, horses, handle and locking pin are Padauk.

Anyway.. it was a fun, challenging project. Thanks for looking!





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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 795 days ago

Stunning, Beautiful work…... Nice finish. Great color contrast.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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itsmic

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#2 posted 795 days ago

Very Nice, looks Great, that is very impressive work, artistic and crafty as well, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 795 days ago

VEry nice! Those are on my bucket list ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 795 days ago

I made 25 of the exact same design for centerpieces for my daughters wedding. I have to say that Jim is very gracious and I also had to contact him. It’s nice to see craftsmen and artisans take time out of their day to help people. Very nice work and great finish on the boxes. Since mine were going home with wedding party guests at the end of the night I didn’t spend a lot on the wood, just flat sawn maple, walnut, and cherry. I also cut my fingers and do the detail carving after I have bent the wood. I found that if I cut them before that I often get splitting of the wood while bending. Those darn little horses sure where a pain. All 50 of them!

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Outstanding design and workmanship!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodpezzer

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#6 posted 795 days ago

Gshepherd, itsmic, TopamaxSurvivor: Thanks so much..

Green_Hornut : Agreed, Jim was extremely pleasant and helpful. I included pics of my tine and he said he needed to try cocobolo. :) His artwork is incredible. About those 25 boxes you made.. WOW.. Your daughter and son-in-law (and lucky guests) must have been blown away by such a beautiful display and wonderful gift! Splitting of the wood is my concern as well. I can picture the wood “fingers” popping through my fingers and destroying the band. Maybe use a flat piece of stock to support them while pressing against the form? Thanks for sharing your story and the kind words!

Jim Jakosh: Thank you, although I only take 50% credit. The great design work is by Jim Anderson :)

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deon

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#7 posted 795 days ago

Very elegant box

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#8 posted 795 days ago

lovely! I have made 100’s of shaker oval boxes, but never a design like this. Your coco horses are beautifully carved & crafted. welcome to LJ’s…

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#9 posted 795 days ago

An absolutely beautiful box. It’s bound to be a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 795 days ago

Gorgeous tine. I especially love the lid and and the Paduak handle and horses, but it’s all very beautiful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 794 days ago

Wow, interesting project. With or without three hands, this came out nice!!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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woodpezzer

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#12 posted 794 days ago

deon, michelletwo, helluvawreck, stefang, BTKS: Thank you for the nice comments. Much appreciated..

And a huge thanks to everyone in this fantastic community.. I’m thrilled to have made the Daily Top 3! I’ve never seen so many beautiful, artistic works in one place before. Educational and fun on top of that!

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#13 posted 794 days ago

This is one beauteful piece! the furniture in your profilepicture, is that something you made? it looks awesome! :)

-- Spofeo/Kristian

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#14 posted 794 days ago

Beautiful boxes.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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woodpezzer

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#15 posted 794 days ago

Spofeo, Thanks! And yes, I am responsible for the crazy dresser in my avatar. I will be adding it to my projects.

Mafe, Thank you!

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