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Project by dclark1943 posted 07-19-2013 02:43 PM 1692 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was a commission from a lady in northern Minnesota for her daughters wedding. It measures 15 1/2” wide, 12 1/2” deep, and 4 inches high. The wood is Red Gum, with Striped Maple and Walnut accents. The sides of the box are canted inwards 2 1/2º and the interior is lined with white satin, monogramed for the occasion. The top is inlaid with the traditional intertwined wedding bands, and the bottom is relieved 1/4 inch to form feet at the corners. The hinges are the new “Smart Hinge” developed by Andrew Crawford http://www.smartboxmaker.com
and the lock was supplied by Ian Hawthorne http://hawthornecrafts.com/box-hardware/ The hinges feature a new internal stop incorporated in the knuckle, so that only four straight cuts are required to install – - absolutely the easiest hinge I’ve found to install. The finish on the box is multiple coats of lacquer sanded with 360 between coats, rubbed out with “Turtle Wax” rubbing compound and polishing compound, and a final buffing with hard wax on the buffing wheel. The challenge was inlaying the circles of course, and many of woodworkings tough lessons were learned in the process. As with many of the things we woodworkers do, once embedded in the project, it became a labor of love, and I lost track of the hours.

-- Dave, Kansas City





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Ian Hawthorne

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 02:57 PM

Hi Dave – that looks fantastic. Very clean workmanship and nice bright finish.

Ian

-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge! http://hawthornecrafts.com/our-blog/

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 03:08 PM

very elegant – I like the clean look.

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 03:14 PM

Dave,
A lovely box, well crafted! Nice work. Great choice of hinge and lock. Perfect for this box, and the inlays work really well. I like it.
Roger

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

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mgb_2x

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 03:19 PM

Nicely done!

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 03:27 PM

Super looking box

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 03:32 PM

Elegant!

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

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Gary

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 04:10 PM

Stunning. Heirloom gift. absolutely beautiful.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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deon

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#8 posted 07-19-2013 05:39 PM

Beautiful work, simple and elegant…

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Northwest29

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#9 posted 07-19-2013 06:17 PM

Just amazing! Love the joined rings on top-

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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christopheralan

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#10 posted 07-19-2013 09:28 PM

Great work! Excellent design.

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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DaleMaley

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 10:46 PM

I just completed my first inlay box, so I appreciate how nice your inlays look!!

Nice Job.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 07-20-2013 12:15 AM

Only one word can describe this box: PERFECT! (in every detail)

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

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dclark1943

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#13 posted 07-20-2013 12:41 AM

Thanks to everyone for the nice words, I do appreciate them !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#14 posted 07-20-2013 01:47 AM

Beautiful box, great design and outstanding workmanship.

-- Tom D

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308Gap

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#15 posted 07-20-2013 02:17 AM

WOW thats nice. Craftsmanship shows.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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