Deconstructed Box

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Project by Steve O posted 794 days ago 1439 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got tired of the same-old-same-old box. With a left-over architectural sample of 4×6 CVG Doug-Fir and a scrap of highly figured walnut I determined to get “outside of the box” for a change. I now know why everyone recommends using hardwood. ;-p. My intention is to refine this design a bit to make it more functional for the user. It works as a valet box with a semi-concealed drawer. The drawer has a spring loaded touch latch to allow the drawer to open without having to tip the box, although that works. The little shelf can be used to hold cell phones and such. The next one will have the drawer on the other end so it doesn’t conflict with the shelf.

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#1 posted 794 days ago

Interesting design. Reminds me of mid 20th century modernism, along the lines of Frank Lloyd Wright. Very architectural.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - -

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#2 posted 794 days ago

Very unusual but effective.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 794 days ago

Very modern and unique, I like it. Brian nailed it on the head… that’s mid century flavored and very architecturaly inspired.

About that hinge on top… I cant help but want to try and hide those somehow. I’ve tinkered with the idea of making a loose box joint between the lid and the back piece (since they are at even heights,) and drilling thru with a dowel (wood or brass/metal). Then it would look like a sealed box with somewhat hidden hinges. Just a thought… but one inspired by seeing your build. Great job !

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#4 posted 794 days ago

I can identify with the phrase ’ tired of the same-old-same-old box’. This isn’t. I’d like to see you take it further.

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

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#5 posted 794 days ago

I love it.
Elegant and yes decon at it’s best – perhaps with a touch of Japan.
Best thoughts,

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

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Steve O

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#6 posted 794 days ago


Yeah, I didn’t like them either, but I messed up with the first set of barrel hinges (lesson learned – when you by metric barrel hinges, get the metric bit to match) by trying to jamb 8mm barrels into a 5/16 inch hole. I don’t believe that makes me a master craftsman, but I am getting better at recovering from mistakes.

Steve O

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#7 posted 794 days ago

Cool design, nicely executed

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#8 posted 794 days ago

Wow that Walnut is beautiful, I love the sheen in the darker wood, very organic.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#9 posted 794 days ago


What if the drawer slid both ways with partition & secret latch?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#10 posted 793 days ago

Nice contrast between the VGF and the walnut, and I agree the drawer going the other way would have been perfect.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 793 days ago

Wonder design and what a great idea

-- Norman

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#12 posted 792 days ago

Very cool design. I agree with the MCM feel. I really like this!

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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