Pam's "waterfall accent" box with Clippinger's Apple resawn flitches

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 06-09-2008 12:38 AM 7163 views 18 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little experiment with M&T construction that I embarked on a few monthes back. During that period of experimentation Woodhacker profiled his Woodsmith series of keepsake box. I have to admit my course was steered by these fine boxes. Another part of my purpose in this box was to incorporate some resawn timber that Todd Clippinger gave me when he visited last winter.

Constructed of white oak and walnut, with the contoured appliqués of spalted apple. My wife has a bedroom set of waterfall style, and the feet have a detail that I borrowed from for this feature. Dividers are constructed of 1/4 spanish cedar (lightly sealed with dewaxed shellac – eventually when all oil has dried the box will be lightly perfumed) into which a strip of walnut was inlayed along the top edge.
The unfortunate end result resembles weird plywood…oh well.

The lid is a lamination of white oak and walnut scraps with a banding of walnut on the front edge and side edges. The back edge is un-banded.



I pinned the lid with 1/8th inch brass rod through the side walls. The lid opens about 105° before stopping against the back of the box. Something went slightly wonky during the drilliing process, as the visible gap with the lid open is not parallel across the entire width. However the action of the lid is unimpeded and there is a solid sound of closure when the lid goes down. I hope this will get ironed out with other boxes, but I can’t argue with paying about 5¢ for hinges.


The bottom of the box is baltic birch ply skinned with laminated strips of white oak, resembling a bowling alley floor (another scrap – this from my Christmas cutting board plan — which went seriously sideways and will be the source of many laminated box parts for decades).


Finished with homebrew oil varnish wipe on, three coats wet sanded in with progressively finer auto body paper from 400P-1500P. There were some warts, so I decided to cut the finish back with 0000 Liberon steel wood and a finished with several coats of micro-crystalline Conservator’s wax

Dimensions: 7.5˝ (19.05 cm) long – 6.0˝ (15.24 cm) wide – 3.125˝ (7.94 cm) tall – 2.0˝ (5.08 cm) interior depth

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 06-09-2008 12:50 AM


I just got up from taking a nap (your couch is a much better sleeper than ours) and this was the first thing I found on LJ!

Wow! Great design! I love your design sense and vision for materials.

I will have to dig out some more veneer for you!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 06-09-2008 12:58 AM

Another great project Doug. I just might have to copy it!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 06-09-2008 01:01 AM

The color and pattern in the apple is gorgeous. The fluid lines and light color play as a nice contrast to the darker walnut and the somewhat lineal pattern that the white oak offers.

The waterfall effect is a great idea. The box has some delicate curves that make it very attractive.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 06-09-2008 01:01 AM

Very classy box Doug. Beautiful design.

Hinges, no matter how simple, always go “wonky” for me. It’s like I have hinge dyslexia or something. So, I understand what you mean. As long as the end result satisfies, life is good.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 01:02 AM

Betsy let the circle of copying freely continue!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 06-09-2008 01:02 AM

Just beautiful!!

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#7 posted 06-09-2008 01:08 AM

thats really nice! thanks for the post.

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#8 posted 06-09-2008 01:15 AM

Great design, Douglas. The detail on the sides and the brass pin for a hinge is great!
Excellent choice of materials.

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

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 02:16 AM

It’s really beautiful, Douglas. A very nice piece!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 06-09-2008 02:18 AM


Love the oak and the design.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 06-09-2008 02:20 AM

well done and great posting … fun read

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 06-09-2008 03:03 AM

Great looking design and box. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 06-09-2008 03:46 AM

Douglas: A great design and beautiful construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 06-09-2008 04:02 AM

Beautiful box. Thanks for the tutorial.

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

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#15 posted 06-09-2008 04:49 AM

Well, this is just a seriously gorgeous box, Doug! The design and engineering elements are top-notch, as is the execution. I’ll give you a mulligan on that little gap, because sometimes those things just happen with no logical explanation. (Been there, done that, got the t-shirt). :-)

I wondered why I haven’t seen you posting much lately. Now I see why. You’ve been actually woodworking instead of just talking about it. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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