Two Tone Grilled Diamond Box

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 12-08-2012 10:56 AM 2819 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a two tone project—a series of my projects using only two types of wood for the boards to be used. Made from recycled Narra floor parquets (original 2×6 inches per pc) and a white lauan (not sure because the wood was assume to be from Malaysia) also recycled from previous 2×3 division frames.

The box was constructed in a miter box method with lid and lippings. You can see the process in this blog.


Hinge – wooden hinge but just normal groove and spline (Thanks Paul (Shipwright) for the method and idea.l) The process I made can be seen on my blog

Latches – This is the second attemp I made for wooded latches. The first one was done for the cylinder. However, there are some changes. I drilled the pinholes using the router by sliding the wood to the bit. The router was mounted horizontal with my guide fixed to the pin center radius. I slide the piece to the guide. This has eliminated the error using drill press or the groove method. It is also very strong as the original wood are precisely drilled without uneven diameter. The allignment to the wood is also perfect parallel to the surface of the wood. Sorry, I forgot to take photos.
Note that I was also able to use the ebony (kamagong) for the anchor. These latches were strong and are more concise.

Probably, with the technique I used for the latches, I can make other projects that requires hinge actions. Only the choice of wood and its availability must be the most important part. The ebony is not good on the hinge action as it splits due to its brittleness.

Till next time. Hope you enjoy those wooden hardwares installed.
Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 11:12 AM

Great craftsmanship on a beautiful box! Thanks for sharing. Using flooring sure saved a lot of time doing all the laminations. Some of the DIY shows on TV drive me crazy when they destroy perfectly good building materials and replace them with painted MDF or plywood… I haven’t built very many boxes, but Paul’s technique for making hinges may get me started.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 11:37 AM

Beautiful box Bert! And I also love the hinges. Your work is always a pleasure to see. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-08-2012 11:55 AM

Thanks Hal, You are correct in saying that. I have the mdf on an extension room (previously vinyl tiled) and just a year, the foul smell is coming just because there is an stagnant water from spilled water. I can’t do anything but just wait and see if it will dry up. I noticed that MDF is also having this white mold when moistened. Those previous parquet is lasting and needs only maintenance… but that is how they do waisting those floorings.

Thanks Sheila, Only by the weekend that I can work on wood… Next week have some appointment.. a wedding to attend and Christmas parties are upcoming… Hope I can squeeze some of my pending projects. I am glad you enjoy it. Nothing so unique on this box except for the hardwares replaced by woodwares.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 12:27 PM

Wow Bert, I feel like a kid who JUST NOW discovered the candy store! After looking at this amazing box, I wandered over to your “projects” and my jaw dropped! You really are a gifted craftsman. Thanks so much for sharing.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 12:47 PM

Great job Bert. Like the hinges.

-- George Coles,

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 01:08 PM

Send it to the top three now. Awesome falls short for a description. Great hinges, great latches. Beautiful box.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-08-2012 02:05 PM

Really beautiful box ! looks exotic i like the different colors alot.

-- -Thomas -

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#8 posted 12-08-2012 02:08 PM

That has came out very nice Bert

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 12-08-2012 02:32 PM

The box is very attractive, but your hinge and latch development is truly outstanding. The tapering of your hinge design and your original approach to a graceful latch distinguish your work as that of a true artisan craftsman!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 12-08-2012 02:48 PM

I like the box, very much..the color combo is striking and not overwhelming..the hinges are cool..super build

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#11 posted 12-08-2012 02:49 PM

Great stuff Bert.
You just keep finding new ways to push the envelope.
I really like the over center latches…. pure class.

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

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#12 posted 12-08-2012 02:59 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship and such intricate work on the “woodware” you chose to design and use. Great job !

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

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#13 posted 12-08-2012 05:08 PM

Very cool and innovative ,great design.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 12-08-2012 05:51 PM

Damn your good! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 12-08-2012 07:51 PM

Very impressive work. A lot of careful fitting went on here !

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

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