Deco Box

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Project by SPalm posted 04-01-2013 06:39 PM 2490 views 11 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that I just finished. I wanted to try to incorporate some of the themes from the Art Deco movement without going all the way there. I saw some boxes like this on Etsy, and it seemed like a good match.

The main box is built using veneer over a Baltic birch ply core. I finally got my shop cleaned up enough and fired up the vacuum press. I plan to revisit the press more often. The feet and handle holders are made with black walnut. I cut 3/8 inch sticks and used a 3/8 inch round-over bit in the router table to make the rounded ends. The handle and small strips in the walnut are tiger maple. The top of the handle has a bull nose profile formed with a 3/16 round-over. There are two walnut and maple strips under the top that locate it on the box.

The size is about 11” x 5” wide by about 5” deep not including the handle. The finish is Danish oil and wax.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 06:47 PM

very fine indeed

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 06:50 PM

Very nice and simple.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 06:51 PM

I love it! The art deco influence is quite evident, but with your own very original spin.

Great work as usual, Steve.

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

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#4 posted 04-01-2013 06:51 PM

Beautiful Steve. I love the Art Deco style, and this box captures it’s spirit very well. Wonderful workmanship too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 07:19 PM

Steve – wow, now that is art deco!!

You said “I wanted to try to incorporate some of the themes from the Art Deco movement without going all the way there”.

You may need to revisit the definition of “all the way”

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 07:28 PM

Lots of beautiful things going on in that box Steve.
Your attention to detail always makes your pieces stand out.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 07:33 PM

I like it! It kind of reminds me of the ark of the covenant——perhaps an abstract rendering of it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 04-01-2013 07:37 PM

Nice one Steve.
I’ve always been an art deco fan, one of these days I’ll get around to making something like this.
You’ve struck a very nice balance between elegant detail features and simple design. That’s not easy.
But the box is … easy on the eyes.

Bravo !

PS: Now you need a chevalet.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 04-01-2013 08:03 PM

Awesome box Steve…! I most certainly like the Art Deco look and your design incorporated just the right amount to be an eye-catcher…

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#11 posted 04-01-2013 08:06 PM


Really like the way you did those legs outboard like that…

COOL lid the way it sits into the box and that Handle too… just awesome!

A sure seller!

Good luck!

Thank you.

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

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#12 posted 04-01-2013 08:23 PM

Very cool box, Steve!!!!!!!!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 04-01-2013 08:33 PM

That box should be sitting on the coffee table of the next showing of Mad Men, that box is straight out of the Art Deco era.. fantastic use of woods and what a cool look.. very well done.. I didn’t see where you said what the veneer was, looks really nice, what is it?? Papa


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#14 posted 04-01-2013 08:55 PM

Nicely done Steve… the art deco look. Looks like a fun project….......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 04-01-2013 09:20 PM

very nice design with minimalstic details, beautiful work!

-- -Thomas -

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