Art Deco box

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Project by ruddy posted 02-09-2013 at 10:23 PM 3395 views 43 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another box from Australian Cedar and has curved sides instead of straight sides.
I have inlaid my grandaughters initials in the lid on a Huon pine backgound. The base is from Queensland maple.
The box uses small dominos as shown in this photograph.

The box is finished with a few coats of White Shellac , rubbed back to 1200 grit and then three coats of a sprayed polyurethane. After thoroughly drying the box was cut back and polished with wax. The box is lined with a high quality burgandy pigskin suede. It measures approx 270mm x 180 mm x 95 mm high.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 02-09-2013 at 10:33 PM

ruddy its been awhile, this is a true beauty, i love the wood choice and the very nice design..very well constructed.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-09-2013 at 10:36 PM

This is a fantastic-looking box, ruddy. I love the overall shape and the lid mechanism. Though it’s kind of a shame to have such a nice figured piece for the bottom :) .

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 at 10:44 PM

Love this design and finish. You really brought out the beauty of that Aussie Cedar! Bravo!

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 at 01:23 AM

Another beauty! Lots of shavings created along the way to get those curves?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 at 01:37 AM

You are right Jim…....I always make a template of the profile using 3mm plywood and scribe the profile on the side.
With a hand plane it does not take long to get the shape ready for a final lick on a belt sander. The curved ends made a bit of dust!

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 at 04:25 AM

You know it’s a winner when your post has been favorited more times than it’s been commented on (6 vs. 5 as I type). People like myself are saying “what a great design. Why didn’t I think of that?”

On my list of things to try.

Thanks for the post.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 at 04:40 AM

Best box I’ve seen on LJs in awhile. Beautiful!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 at 04:43 AM

I like this one a lot, very nice!

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#9 posted 02-10-2013 at 05:15 AM

This is truly beautiful

-- 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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#10 posted 02-10-2013 at 05:18 AM

Like it a lot. How do you determine where your pivoting hinge is positioned?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 02-10-2013 at 05:30 AM

That’s a Beauty! your Granddaughter will Love It!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#12 posted 02-10-2013 at 05:40 AM

This is so nice and unusual. Great job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 at 05:46 AM

Very Nice!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 02-10-2013 at 06:07 AM

Very kool design and details

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 02-10-2013 at 06:09 AM

Wow Ruddy, this is a real beauty. The color of that cedar is so warm and the shape just begs to be picked up and stroked.
Your joints are tight and the finish is perfect.
Overall this is a winner.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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