3 off - EeE-ZzZ Boxes

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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-11-2013 05:11 PM 1986 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like my last project, the EeE-ZzZ tray, I set out to create a box with the simplest possible design – these are the result.

The top, sides and bottom are a single plank of wood, cut into 4, and “wrapped around”. The sides are 2 identical slabs. Since all the joints are long-grain, gluing is simple and there’s no need for splines etc etc. I assembled the box complete, and then sawed the top off.

Of course, one does like to make the EeE-ZzZ DiFiCuLt, and they were going to be somewhat dull without a little bit of razamataz, so, with appropriate hat-doffing in the direction of vipond33, I added some veneer from a “mixed and unlabelled” bag I ordered, at his suggestion, a while ago.

The first above (but the third I made), is fumed oak and jatoba, with the (unknown) veneer set down, and then highlighted with small strips of unknown wood from the skip – perhaps mahogany. I tried the “spot varnish” thing again for the veneered piece – what you see, which still isn’t perfect but not too bad and fairly shiny, is the third attempt – I was getting tired of scraping it all off and starting again.

The second you see, and the second I made, is fumed oak and ash, with the unknown veneer flush with the surface. The way the box is constructed, with the sides added on, means it’s easy to hide all the veneer edges.

16cm x 11cm x 9cm high.

Those who have made it thus far might notice that the title speaks of “3” boxes, yet there are only 2.
I decided up front that I was going to make at least 2 of these, and the first was to be something of a “prototype”. And it was. The proportions were wrong, the thickness was wrong, the veneering (my first attempt) went badly wrong – it’ll probably end up as an ash-tray, even though I’ve given up smoking.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 01-11-2013 05:14 PM

Good job lots of cool boxes.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 01-11-2013 05:32 PM

You did it!

Easy, COOL, Simple, and Beautiful!

What more could you ask for?!

Thank you!

Great job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 01-12-2013 12:29 AM

You do make it look ez. Nice variety of boxes.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-12-2013 12:06 PM

Very nice box. Great work.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#5 posted 01-12-2013 02:51 PM

Nice work. Original idea, but with your very distinctive style.

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

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#6 posted 02-04-2013 04:17 AM

I’ve certainly made my share of boxes but never though to use short grain sides for long grain joints. Thanks for the new idea.
I really like the dark one with its early to mid century look. The raised border’s a nice touch.
A veneer of civilization to your work looks good on you. Pity you’ve given up smoking though.

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

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