Tile Top Box in QS Sycamore

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Project by Vincent Nocito posted 656 days ago 1404 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small tile top box made from quartersawn Sycamore with Arts and Crafts detailing (photo 1 & 3). The box is similar to one that I saw on the internet (unfortunately I can’t remember where to give credit). The top (photo 2) measures 6.75” wide x 7” high and is made from 0.75” thick stock. The top is through mortise and tenon construction (photo 6). The 4” tile is from Motawi Tile. The body of the box is 3.5” deep and was made from 0.75” (posts), 0.5” sides and 1/8” bottom (photo 4). Construction of the body was stub tenons. The finish is three coats of General Finishes Satin Arm-R-Seal and a final coat of clear Briwax. The top is held in place with rare earth magnets in the body (0.25”, photo 4) and top (0.375”, photo 5).

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#1 posted 656 days ago

That’s a nice box and a really nice top too!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 656 days ago

beatiful box!
It’s a great idea for some gifts I have in mind, thanks for sharing.


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#3 posted 656 days ago

Nice work and beautiful wood!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#4 posted 656 days ago

A unique design; never seen one like that before. Nice work and an awesome piece of wood! The Sycamore tree would be proud!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA,

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#5 posted 656 days ago

Great box, and a perfect compliment to the Motowi tile. How is the tile captured in the box? In the past I have usually used construction adhesive or morter to set tiles into wood.

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

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#6 posted 655 days ago

Like the look. I still need to get some sycamore.

-- 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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#7 posted 655 days ago

If you look at photo 5 and 6, you see that lid has a rabbeted bottom that gets glued to the frame. The tile sits in the recess on that bottom. It is held in place with 4 dabs of Loctite Power Grab. It takes about 24 hours to fully set.

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#8 posted 655 days ago

very nice – thanks for a great idea. Now I have another project I can use my extra Mowtawi tiles on.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 655 days ago

That is a great box. I like your joinery technique and QS sycamore is always a delight.

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

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#10 posted 655 days ago

Very handsome Box , has a deep rich look. May I ask where did you get the tile? great job Vincent

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#11 posted 655 days ago

I like the tile insert idea and have used it on small tables, boxes, etc. One thing that I’ve had to deal with is tile warp. Sometimes, in tile shopping, you see a great looking tile and buy it. Then, when you get it back to the shop you find it’s warped. It pays to bring a small square along with you when you shop. Warped tiles are tough—or imposssible—to level during insertion.


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#12 posted 655 days ago

What a great box, your craftsmanship really shines here. nice use of QS sycamore. I am really drawn to the throough mortice.

Padric—Use some hot melt glue dots in your rabbit to level out the warped tiles … think of the tablesaw throat plate, same idea

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 654 days ago

Great piece, I am sure it will be displayed for all to see

-- Norman

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#14 posted 653 days ago

Nice box design that makes a compliment to the tile.
Great combination.

-- Kiefer 松

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