Knife Display box

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 03-06-2013 02:01 AM 2524 views 7 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box from maple and mystery wood.

Like the last box I posted, I installed the inlay banding in one continuous piece on a 24” board, then cut the box sides and assembled them. This is much easier than trying to cut inlay to the exact size for the four box sides after assembly.

The knife is a Gerber locking blade my grandfather gave me at least 30 years ago. I used to carry it on my belt in my first job after college when I worked in a lumberyard, so it has sentimental value in a couple of different ways.

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

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 02:05 AM

you did it justice for sure!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 02:05 AM

The mystery wood looks like padauk. Nice box. How do you hollow out the inlay groove, with a router?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 02:24 AM

Very nice little box. I like it.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 02:28 AM

Nice, the wood of the knife and the box top look similar in the pictures, although they are probably different. The inlay is a good touch.

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 02:29 AM

Russell, I usually use my table saw to cut a kerf for small inlay. If the inlay is slightly wider than the saw blade, you can do it in a couple of passes. The key is to use a test board to get the blade height and fence set properly.

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

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 02:37 AM

two great things here charlie, i love the box, and the knife is one good knife…ive had several gerbers, and my son has them now…your mystery wood sure is pretty.

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

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#7 posted 03-06-2013 03:10 AM

Love the tone and color or the “mystery wood”. The wood combination works very well together. The miters are very tight and the details of the banding and small cove makes the box even more attractive. Holds an obviously treasured keepsake. Glad to see you posting some boxes again.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#8 posted 03-06-2013 03:30 AM

Very pretty.

-- Janice

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#9 posted 03-06-2013 03:34 AM

Home Run Charlie – you knocked this one out of the park. Beautiful box, sentiment and of course, knife. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 03-06-2013 04:33 AM

A beautiful box so nicely done. I love the color contrast, Charlie!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 03-06-2013 04:46 AM

beautiful box , everyday in this site I have those how do they do that moments followed by a quick read and the light bulb goes off lol, thanks for the banding inlay tip

-- mike c

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#12 posted 03-06-2013 05:22 AM

Nice job Charlie. Bet GP is proud!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 03-06-2013 05:22 AM

Great box Charles.

I’ve got one of those knives also.

A great hunting knife.

-- 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 03-06-2013 05:23 AM

A handsome home for your heirloom when not in use!

-- "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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#15 posted 03-06-2013 11:55 AM

Nice job and story all around – and good looking box too.
That small cove around the top adds a nice touch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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