No Plan Box

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Project by MontanaBob posted 10-09-2012 10:46 PM 7166 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No plan box…This was a fun build…I wanted to make a box for the silent auction that we have at the family reunion…(coming up in July 3013), I cut the walnut and mitered the edges, and stood there looking at it…(thinking that will be so deep that it will be like reaching into a well,,,so I cut the design on the bottom of the box and put the bottom in at 4 inches…That looked a lot better….Then I was thinking splines on the edges….I’m standing there holding this small piece of maple, and thought I wonder what it would look like adding this to the end of the miters…so I cut a piece for each corner, and banded the box up to see what it looked like….Not bad just have to round the corners a little which I did. The wife comes out to shop, and says there needs to be something on the front of the box….Thats a good idea says I…Off to the computer to see what others have been doing….Woodwhisper had a leaf inlay video that I watched a couple of times…I figured that my chances of doing that was slim to none…So thought about it for a couple of days….I made a template to use with the router and a guide bushing…Glued some zebra wood up at a 45 degree angle, and cut the leaves and inlet them on the box. Free handed the stem which is cherry wood…Added the inlays on the lid zebra wood and Brazilian walnut…ordered hinges and liner from Rockler… The liner is royal blue, but looks black in the pictures…A couple coats of spray lacquer, and it’s good to go…12×7 x 51/2 inches….(plus whatever the maple things on the ends added to it….LOL)...Now I off to the purple heart box…fun, fun, fun…..Thanks for looking…..

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 10:49 PM

This is wonderful a real delight to the eye.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 11:03 PM

Nice use of contrasting woods. It looks well built.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 11:57 PM

Looks great and I am sure it will last the 1001 years till the reunion!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 12:05 AM

Very nice looking box Bob.
I like the inlay.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 12:50 AM

I like those corners a lot. Your inlays all look like they fit perfectly (that always impresses me). And the way you sculpted the bottom edge is very cool. I’m a believer that all boxes should have feet!

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

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 01:04 AM

nicely done

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 10-10-2012 03:11 AM

great looking box. I like the overall design, the leaf inlays, the corners, the combination of woods …. well done

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 10-10-2012 04:57 AM

Very nice. I love those- No plan projects. You just let your mind run free. Nice work keep it up.

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#9 posted 10-10-2012 05:22 AM

Great job free-wheeling creativity the fly. Nice job on inlay!! :)

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#10 posted 10-10-2012 11:29 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments…Bob

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#11 posted 10-10-2012 05:13 PM

After I watched the Woodwhisperer method of cutting that inlay freehand, I was trying to figure a way to use my router bushing guide and still get the diagonal grain. I figured I would just use two pieces of inlay, and scribe them to fit together. Hey, your method – gluing the diagonal grain first – then inlaying as usual, that is a much better approach!
You are so smart!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 10-10-2012 06:15 PM

Very classy and elegant box.Beautiful marqetry

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 10-11-2012 03:19 AM

5,578 views ? I must be the only one that hadn’t seen it. Beautiful piece. Really well done

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#14 posted 10-11-2012 03:40 AM

dnick, I couldn’t believe all the views either….I think you should go read the forum piece by JoeyG about that subject…..Thanks again to everyone

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#15 posted 10-13-2012 01:19 AM

That is the best way for a first design ,let it develop in the shop and get some input from caring people .
Turned out well .
As to the amount of views my hunch is someone is making some money from advertising on all this .

-- Kiefer

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