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Project by balidoug posted 01-07-2013 01:05 PM 1558 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d been wanting to make one of these since I saw my first here on LJ by rwyoung . I finally found the time and occasion: for my budding artist and daughter this past Christmas.

The sliding “tops” (do they have a proper name?) are new to me, and as such presented all the challenges of anything new. I also took some advice from Boxguy and tried to make the interior as interesting as the outside – at least as interesting as possible in a small box. My brasswork’s not up to MaFe standards, but it’s always fun to practice.

A more difficult project than I expected. Getting small pieces to fit was a challenge, as there was less margin for error. The wood is from the same lot as my project last August, and equally as stubborn. Some old problems resurfaced, like my tendency to cut the scribes too deep. Fortunately my audience is not as critical as I am.

Mahonie Jawa. By Hand.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 01-07-2013 01:08 PM

Good job on this. I haven’t tried sliding lids yet.

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

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 03:36 PM

Sweet box!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 05:23 PM

From what I can see it looks well done. Dark background of table inhibits the view? Looks pretty interesting as well in that the patterns were well matched. The next one will be easier. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 05:28 PM

This turned very well extra nice work.

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 06:25 PM

Very nicely done! Multiple identical pieces take a lot of patience.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 06:31 PM

Great job – you asked about a “proper” name for one of these – the closest I can come up with would be a “candle box”.

It looks like you succeeded on the sliding lid – now any other box you make will be easy compared to this one!

Nice build


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#7 posted 01-07-2013 09:24 PM

Doug, thanks for the mention. This is a wonderful example of having a purpose-driven box and the interior is certainly as interesting and nice as the outside. What a wonderful design and what wonderful workmanship. I really do like this. Does the top “tray” lift out? I also liked your candy dispenser. What fun! Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 01-08-2013 04:07 AM

If I’m seeing correctly there are two tops but no bottom? That’s a bit weird. If you don’t mind the scuffing, damage and accidental openings then I guess it’s ok. Mind telling us your thinking here? Cause I’ve never seen this before.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 01-08-2013 01:25 PM

Many thanks, everyone, for your time and comments. BG, I would have loved in include a removable tray, but then would have needed much thinner pieces. What is there is a compromise between the wood and my planing skills. Gene, weird perhaps; I wanted to make her something unusual. In any event, as it’s a gift for a teenager, and meant to get use, I fully expect lots of scuffing. I anticipated accidental openings, and kept the friction on the lids pretty stiff to prevent them, but I suppose there remains some risk.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 04:20 PM

Lovely box. Brings back memories of my childhood.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrrupt man who is doing it."

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