A Hair Brush Box for my Wife

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-10-2012 11:38 AM 3112 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I have this box that I made for my Darling Wife, It is made from Western Australian sheoak – (Allocasuarina fraseriana) with an oil finnish in this case.

The lid has a handle that is part of the inlay ( material is black bamboo I think).

The Hinges are home made from sheet brass and they were polished, I think I should have sprayed them with clear lacquer though.

Hope you enjoy, four more projects to upload.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 07-10-2012 11:59 AM

I really like this box. The hinges I like as well. Might have to give those a try on a larger scale for a chest or something.

-- 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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#2 posted 07-10-2012 12:32 PM

Wow – yet another great piece of work. I epecially like the hinge/lid treatment. Very impressive work… I’m sure that your wife will love it. Thanks for posting

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#3 posted 07-10-2012 12:37 PM

what a great idea ! hairbrushes take up space and aren’t very decorative, or get dropped in drawers and get tangled with other things; this is a nice solution

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 12:38 PM

That is just elegant. Very nice.
Cool hinges too. You made those? Sweet.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 12:54 PM

Impressive design – beautiful work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 01:45 PM

Nice Box, I was thinking to ask where You got those hinges untill reading the post, they are very cool, fine craftsmanship with a real touch of class, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 02:29 PM

Peter, another stunner here. I like the delicate feel of the molded sides and having the lift “grow” out of the inlay is a really wonderful idea. It does have a feminine feel to the design.

The hinges are interesting. Exposing them on the inside saves a lot of digging…great idea. I am surprised you didn’t include a brass “bumper” where the hinge meets the wood in the back. It is hard for me to judge from the picture, does the top’s weight balance well in terms of staying in place? What a nice concept.

Great photography too by the way. Nice job of showing us details and particulars. I am really looking forward your next posting. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 02:30 PM

Wow, that is a nice piece of work ! you my friend are a talent to be reckoned with! Love it !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 02:30 PM

Love this box it has lots of great details,very nicely done.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 04:06 PM

Gee this is one gorgeous box, nice work on all aspects. I love the lift and the cove sides, thank for posting…BC

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#11 posted 07-10-2012 06:40 PM

Very well done box and the hinges you made are fantastic .
Your wife should be ecstatic to receive a gift like this .
Black bamboo is a new one for me ,please explain it sounds interesting .
Cant wait to see your next creations ,your work is fantastic !

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 07-10-2012 11:37 PM

Lovely work indeed. Great approach to hinging. Designing and detailing are exceptional. Really nice work.

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

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#13 posted 07-11-2012 12:55 AM

A lovely box, as per usual. I like it inside and out :-)

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#14 posted 07-11-2012 01:26 AM

I love everything about this box. That sheoak is gorgeous and the black bamboo is a perfect complement. The shop made hinge is pretty crafty. The sculpted box jointed design is becoming your trademark. I knew who made this as soon as I saw it. GREAT box!

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

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#15 posted 07-11-2012 03:14 AM

Since I posted my appreciation for your box 13 hours ago, I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. the puzzler for me is the hinge. I understand its operation, but how did you go about laying it out? did you do it on a cad program? or did you do a trial and error mockup? If you don’t mind sharing, I’m really curious as to how you approached the engineering of it.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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