American rock maple and banksia nuts......

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Project by ruddy posted 711 days ago 2703 views 24 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is from some American Rock Maple with the lid decoration made from Banksia Nuts. The banksia nuts were sliced on the bandsaw and then machined to allow assembly in the main lid insert. The red trim for the lid border and lifts are Australian Rosewood whilst the hinge and corner mitres are from a coffee coloured acrylic.
The box measures 280 mm x 180 mm x 90 mm deep. The sides and the lid have gentle curves to add to the shape.
The inlaid hinges are made from acrylic and allow the box to open to about 100 degrees.

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

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#1 posted 711 days ago

Very nice. Cool looking top.

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#2 posted 711 days ago

Exquisite !

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#3 posted 711 days ago

Very, very, very nice. BTW, I have never given a 3 very. You’re the first.

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#4 posted 711 days ago

Very cool Ruddy…I love those hinges!

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#5 posted 711 days ago

That is one beautiful box

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 711 days ago

As always excellent work. Never seen banksia nuts used like this as a lid insert, nice innovation.

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

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#7 posted 711 days ago

Just exquisite Ruddy! Some lovely details; you must have put some hours into that little beauty!

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#8 posted 711 days ago

As with all your work, Clever and very well done. I’m quite curious about those hinges.

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#9 posted 711 days ago

Excellent work Ruddy. As Schwieb, I’m curious about the hinges….nevermind….found the tutorial on your projects page….well explained. There probably would be a few steps I’d have to do out of order not having a milling machine – cut the slot first and then almost up, but leaving the cross hairs and after fitting the piece into the slot, then drill for the plug using the cross hairs for reference. Otherwise, I’d probably get the plug a little off center from the slotted piece.
The inside is well planned and detailed. The handle on the top tray is functional, but really dresses up the tray. I would have never thought of using the Banksia Nut. It’s beautiful.
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#10 posted 711 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. Coming up with new ideas is part of the challenge and using Banksia Nuts this way was new to me. They certainly give a nice contrast to the Rock Maple.
Schwieb/Tim…....I did a blog here on how I make this style of hinge. This is the fourth box I have made using this technique so it gets a bit easier each time. Let me know if you need any further information.

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

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#11 posted 711 days ago

That is amazing! I love the design.

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#12 posted 711 days ago

Wow! Rudy… You’ve got it goin on fer sure. This is amazing. Lotsa super nice details. Very elegant, exquisite, beautiful, hummm, what else… oh, just super. Plus, that Banksia top, is, wow also. I like the way you did the miter keys also

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#13 posted 711 days ago

Outstanding design.
The inset is unigue and grabs your eye, very nicely done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 711 days ago

That’s inspired, and with all the details, just a excellent work of art. Thanks for sharing this one. Straight to favorites.

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

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#15 posted 711 days ago

Ruddy, you came out with a great design. Tha banksia nuts indeed draws attention. Well planned. Your trademark hinges also stand out.
Enjoy this warm weekend, rain keeps pouring here

-- Back home. Fernando

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