Sugi Pine and Maple Box

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Project by jbschutz posted 04-18-2013 03:52 PM 1577 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sugi Pine and Maple Box .... A new wood for me. A woodworking buddy gave me a small stick of Sugi Pine, I guess it also goes under the name of Japanese Cedar. It is rather soft and aromatic and soaks up a lot of finish. Because of the size of the stick, I resawed it into 5/16 inch strips and decided to work in the curly maple. The sugi pine top medallion is made of 16 wedges in a pinwheel pattern and gives it a tortoise-shell look. The cross grain highlights are extraordinary!
The box is approx 5.5×5.5 inches with 12 degree tapered sides, a lift-off lid and turned knob. It is finished with satin poly and lined with black suede.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 04:02 PM

I think I need to get on record quickly that I really, really like this box. I’m generally not a fan of multiple wood in boxes. But here you’ve made it work in a really aesthetic way. The layup of the woods is particularly appropriate. The medallion seems like it just belongs there. The “simple” but beautiful box is no easy thing to achieve. But you hit it here. Have I mentioned that I really, really like this little box? One of your best.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 04:27 PM

Roger +1—could not say it any better, a beautiful box.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 04:37 PM

Wow hard to say what I like the best design or wood combo, great work on such a small package. Your work has always been a inspiration JB thanks for posting….BC

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 04:45 PM

OUTSTANDING box. I agree with Roger – I really like this box.

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

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 09:16 PM

Beautifully done….....very nice John.

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 11:01 PM

Hi John,
Very beautiful! I admire your courage in doing a tapered box and mitered corner joints. I knew how difficult to cut a compound angle in flat surface with the miter. From this difficulty, you had made it more elegant box using the right choice of color blends. Thanks for sharing…

-- Bert

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 04:15 AM

Beautiful box, love the wood, color and grain, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 04-19-2013 03:04 PM

Very nicely done sir.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 04-19-2013 03:36 PM


What a beautiful grain in the SUGI PINE .
A very pleasing box design and I love the wood combination .
I like it a lot .

-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 04-19-2013 09:52 PM

Amazing piece, wonderful design and wood choice. Superb work!

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#11 posted 04-20-2013 12:07 AM

Tis a beauty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 04-20-2013 12:24 AM

Very nice job! Love the contrast..

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#13 posted 04-23-2013 11:50 PM

Nicely done John. Interestingly shaped and sized box and like the combination of woods. Don’t know about the Sugi Pine but it looks wonderful.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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