Rosewood Floating Box

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 545 days ago 3101 views 29 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all, a little while ago a friend of mine contacted me and asked if I had time to build a special project for him to give to a close friend of his. My friend has been very kind to me over the years, giving me a whole bunch of wood for free at various times; from koa to teak, oak and some great maple. So of course it was the least I could do to fit this project in for him.

The design was up to me to decide on, including the wood types. The only real requirement was that it could contain jewelry, had flocking inside, had a hinged lid, and incorporated the celtic heart design inlayed.

So here is the box I came up with. It is made from Bolivian Rosewood (Pau Ferro) and orchard cherry. The total dimensions are approx. 10 1/2” x 5” x 5”. It’s sides are approx. 1/4” thick. The box “floats” in a way because it is only connected to the legs at the side, not underneath anywhere. The inside tray slides on two ledges which were dadoed into the front and back pieces prior to assembly. The cherry stretchers at the bottom are connected to the legs with tiny mortise and tennons. That was some very fine work. The finish on the box is just Liberon paste wax, fantastic stuff.
As always, I am happy to answer questions and always love hearing comments and critique. Thanks!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 545 days ago

looks great

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#2 posted 545 days ago

That is a super sweet box RS…..great job and always good to help out a friend…especially one who gives you project wood…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 545 days ago

Very Nice! I love the floating look.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 545 days ago

Very nice! Did the recipient like it too?

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

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#5 posted 545 days ago

Very 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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#6 posted 545 days ago

Looks great. Very nice design and work. The wood looks almost identical to a piece of Cocobolo I’ve been working with recently.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 545 days ago

Are the stretchers arched? Can’t quite tell. Wonderful design and accomplished execution.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#8 posted 545 days ago

beautiful box. I like the design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 545 days ago

That’s just beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#10 posted 545 days ago

I like it! great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 545 days ago

I dig it!

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#12 posted 545 days ago

great box! great design!

-- Regehr & Sons Woodcraft

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#13 posted 545 days ago

Great design. Gorgeous woods. Flawless craftsmanship. The whole package! Great job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 545 days ago

Very Nice

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#15 posted 545 days ago

What’s not to like on this beauty. Great design and selection of wood…..of course the building skill helped allot.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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