Desk box

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Project by ruddy posted 07-12-2012 07:11 AM 3148 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an exceptional piece of huon pine in the shed for a couple of years and finally decided to use some of it in this box. It has some lovely birds eye grain and was just about the right size to become the lid for this box. The base of the box is made from some left over rosewood that also has nice features.
I tried out a different idea for the hinge where I grooved the top of the rear to allow the lid to swing to 95 degrees. This hinge approach means you can have a very close flush joint between the lid and base at the rear of the box.The gap between lid and base on the hinge side is about 0.6 mm.
The box meaures 280 mm x 100 mm x 90 mm high

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 07:52 AM

That’s really nice. Everything, the woods and the lid design, fits so well.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 07-12-2012 11:01 AM

Lovely choice of wood, a real contrast, Well done.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 12:02 PM

Great looking box. I like the sleek and clean design. The figure on the pine (and the rosewood) are so nice and really do go together. Well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-12-2012 12:03 PM

Just beautiful

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

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

Very very nice.
And just beautiful grain.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 07-12-2012 12:22 PM

Very smooth looking. I like the way you did the lid. Nice wood combos as well

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

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#7 posted 07-12-2012 01:02 PM

Great job!! Very creative.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 07-12-2012 01:09 PM

Great little box with an innovation worth sharing. I love those Australian timbers!
Thank you for posting.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 07-12-2012 01:20 PM

very nice… reminds me of Andy’s palm boxes. I really like your design of the top and the way you scooped out the top edge of the back piece… giving lid clearance. That is a nice looking close fit at the hinge side… well done.

Wonderful wood and finish.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 07-12-2012 04:32 PM

Great looking box and an inventive way to fit the lid in.

Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 07-12-2012 04:36 PM

Beautiful design, woods, and build.

Love the way you did the hinge. A brilliant idea and one I will use in the future.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 07-12-2012 06:28 PM

Handsome piece, with an innovative lid hinging. Good on ya !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#13 posted 07-12-2012 06:30 PM

Hey!, This one’s really nice. I love the wood combination. Congratulations.


-- 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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#14 posted 07-12-2012 06:34 PM

Yes, great job ruddy ! Congratulations

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#15 posted 07-12-2012 10:16 PM

That hinge is very clever, and the huon pine top (never heard of that species before) is beautiful!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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