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Olivia's Wedding Box

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Project by croquetman posted 782 days ago 1322 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut box with lots of tapers: I think it’s a 10 degree taper bottom to top. The 1/4” splines are cherry. The top is pecan from several logs I salvaged from my daughter’s home in Norfolk when Hurricane Isabel ran over her yard.

While I tend to think the design is a bit clunky, my idea for this box was to make it with the tapered and mitered sides; something I had never attempted before. And make the catch fir into the sides, and the hinges hidden. Actually, there are no hinges – I set short rods through the sides and top (see last photo). In all those ways it works.

Olivia is my cousin Denise’s older daughter. See Rachel’s box for the younger girl’s Jewelry box. So many women …

-- Whatever





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Stormy

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#1 posted 782 days ago

Interesting style. I don’t think it is “clunky” at all. I tapered miters intrigue me.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 782 days ago

Nice work and Great gift. Well done.

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 782 days ago

ain’t clunky…just very nice..! What finish did you use?

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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joshtank

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#4 posted 782 days ago

not clunky – great! those subtle tapers and all really make it that much better and i know that much more challenging.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 782 days ago

I’ll partially agree with your design thoughts , but I think it is the scale of the grain in the Walnut front board that makes it look that way. I’ve never been a fan of the Cherry / Walnut combination and most likely would have made the splines out of the same species as the handle for better contrast and eye appeal.
I really like the look from the top down…the lighter wood brings out the richness of the Walnut and they go together nicely : ) JMHO Keep up the good work ….I’m sure she loves it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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croquetman

118 posts in 1919 days


#6 posted 782 days ago

BTW, I cheated on the tapers. The box was made square, the splines cut and set in place, then the box was given the subtle taper. Worked out a lot easier than compound miters.

-- Whatever

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 781 days ago

For some reason this did not appear on the “box” web page. Hey, that is not cheating…it is the best way to do this and I like the effect of the tapering as it makes the splines appear smaller near the top. The internals don’t work if the inside of the box is not square. I like the way the tray slides on the dividers.

The mass could be lessened by rounding the corners and adding a sort of routed “foot” like Dr. Andy does on his latest boxes. The grain on the front of this box is great and your craftsmanship on the top is first class. I was especially impressed with your Italian wedding box. It is really nice.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger

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#8 posted 8 days ago

Tis a beauty!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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