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Maple and Purpleheart Ribbed Box

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Project by Dkol posted 730 days ago 1552 views 15 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still experimenting with the ribbed design.
Small box 7”L x 4.5”W x 3”H made of Hard Maple with Purpleheart Lid, Keys and Accents.
Ribs were machined with a 1/4” downcut spiral bit on the router table.
Finished with an Acrylic varnish to keep the Maple going too yellow. Lining is Faux Suede.





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MonteCristo

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#1 posted 730 days ago

Interesting design. The purpleheart goes well with the maple ; really makes it look purple ! Pity the UV will turn it brown.

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

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majuvla

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#2 posted 730 days ago

Beautiful design and very good combination of wood and colours

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 730 days ago

Nice looking. Unique.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Boxguy

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#4 posted 730 days ago

DK, I like the over-all look of this box. Good tight corner joints. The ribbed design must make it harder to sand and I don’t envy you that process. It must be really tricky to route around the curved corners of this design.

Your last posted box in this series reminded me of our old Philco radio…this one, not so much. It is a little Art Deco and vaguely industrial in appearance, but that is not to say I don’t like the look…I do. The “indented” bottom is a nice touch and makes it look lighter and more like it floats.

The purpleheart and maple make such a stark contrast that you need good craftsmanship like yours for that to work. Any flaws in joinery are going to show. The inset top and tight splines are nicely done. I know you need thicker sides than normal to get this ribbed effect, and it is nice to see that you took advantage of this to include long corner splines.

The lift-out tray seems to work well, though I would have repeated the purpleheart splines there as well. On the inside, I like to put in wider tray rails that go down to within 1/8th of the bottom. My experience is that I tend to catch pieces on the inset rails as I am lifting stuff out of the inside of the box. I can’t do that with the wider rails and I can tuck my liner under the rails making that an easier fit.

Do you have some way to stop the lid from falling backward?

Great job on the mortised hinges. Have you considered a 1 1/4 inch piano hinge? click

It is great fun to see your evolving work and designs. Thanks for sharing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 730 days ago

Very nice work. I really like the whole design and woods used.

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

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meaded

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#6 posted 730 days ago

Nicely done

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dnick

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#7 posted 730 days ago

A very interesting piece. Really well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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bigike

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#8 posted 730 days ago

Very nice job great idea on the finish.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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robert triplett

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#9 posted 730 days ago

Another very nice box. I keep seeing so many great ides here that i can’t begin to copy them all!! Kind of frustrating. The Purpleheart/maple combo really works here. AND, I like the rounded edges on the sides. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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UncleStumpy

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#10 posted 730 days ago

Man, I like everything about this box. I personally am very big on contrasting woods – that work, and these definately work. The splines and the round edges give an amazing effect….. as well as the inset bottom.
Super!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 730 days ago

Great job love the rib idea and design. Great work….

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

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 730 days ago

It’s an interesting design and well executed.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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DBoltz

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#13 posted 730 days ago

This is a really nice box. I certainly like your choice of woods you used. I cannot imagine the sanding was too much fun on this one…

-- Dan, Virginia Beach

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 730 days ago

Nicely done!

Great wood combination, and an interesting, unique design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bradford

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#15 posted 730 days ago

I love the first picture. It says it all. Well made, well done.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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