Art Deco Box

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Project by GaryK posted 05-10-2008 09:50 PM 4611 views 12 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project. It’s my first attempt at an art deco design.

It’s made from Mahogany with Maple accents. It’s about 9” wide, 7” deep and 5” tall with crushed velvet
on the inside. The finish is my standard dye and satin poly.

The 3rd picture shows the grill in the front. I started with a flat piece of stock and used the table saw
to cut the cove. Then filpped it over and ran the saw up from the bottom to cut the slots for the maple.
Lastly cut the curve on the bandsaw.

The cut for the inlay banding on the base and top were done by standing the piece up on edge and cutting on the tablesaw.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-10-2008 10:08 PM

very nice piece of work gary

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#2 posted 05-10-2008 10:28 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 05-10-2008 11:01 PM

Smack! I love art deco and I immediately saw the essence in your design.
Great work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 05-10-2008 11:07 PM

I absolutely love it. I really like most things art deco. The grill on the front reminds me of the many cool automobile grills and hood ornaments from that time period. Thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 05-10-2008 11:51 PM

Gary, this is really great. The grill is outstanding. The 3rd photo knocks me dead, excellent. Thanks for the how-to info too!

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 12:02 AM

really nice gary!!! thanks for the detail descption of how you did the front…will this go in an Art Decco Room???

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 12:07 AM

Gary … always amazing work ! You should have your own TV show.

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 01:08 AM

Gary that looks amazing, thanks for the how to info. great job

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 01:34 AM

Absolutely beautiful work Gary.

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 01:36 AM

Excellent job Gary.

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 01:48 AM

Gary, I love this box! That looks like it must have been a blast to design and build. Great Job! Thanks for sharing it.

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#12 posted 05-11-2008 01:49 AM

I was looking for the tuning and volume knobs, Gary! Great inspiration—I love art deco, too.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#13 posted 05-11-2008 01:54 AM

Schweeet, mon ami! If you hadn’t described how you cut the cove, I was sure as heck gonna ask. Nice work as usual bubba, very nice indeed.


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#14 posted 05-11-2008 02:01 AM

Very nice Gary!

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#15 posted 05-11-2008 02:06 AM


That radio grille look is really cool. Neat detail.


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