Queensland Maple

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Project by ruddy posted 371 days ago 1296 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To Andy, I dips my lid…...
When making a box I always like to try to include something extra when the box is opened. Here, when making the tray, I have been playing around with the idea of using the same species of wood as the box is made from but getting away from the constraints of square or rectangular dividers. On the ends of the tray I ran long grain so the ends had better strength.The tray base is a sandwich of thin foam under pigskin suede leather so the base of the tray has a soft feel. I feel this style of tray opens up many design freedoms for boxes.

The box is made from Queensland Maple and the inlay on the lid is from a Jarrah burl. The highlights on the lid and corners are made from red acrylic.
As usual, I would appreciate your feedback.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#1 posted 371 days ago

this is just a down right beauty ruddy, i love the inside tray and the lid inlay is a grand touch, all of these put together have made a very beautiful box…

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

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#2 posted 371 days ago

Really beautiful piece of work. You did a great job.

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

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Jim Rowe

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#3 posted 371 days ago

Very interesting approach for the tray. Is it band sawn? Lovely woods, as always from Australia.

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

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#4 posted 371 days ago

I like the outside design, very nice.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 371 days ago

Hi Blackie,
Regarding your fear that the walls of the tray are too thin I should explain a little further. If you have a close look you will see the short sides of the tray have two strips so the edge is long grain. Queensland Maple is a relatively hard and dense timber that is quite strong and usually very stable.
The cavities have been cut out using a scroll saw and the blade has been set to about 8 degrees so the taper means that the wall section at the base is quite large.
Hope this helps.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 371 days ago

Beautiful looking box and the wood grain is amazing. I really like what you did with the tray, really different looking..great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 371 days ago

Very nice Work!! Great looking box!!
The tray design is just Wonderful! Really looks cool!!
Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 371 days ago

Nicely done. And, one of the nicest routed tray treatments I’ve seen in a long while.

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

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#9 posted 371 days ago

Gorgeous! I like the tray design too.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 371 days ago

Totally beautiful !
No matter how I look at it, outside inside it’s is a piece of art .

-- Kiefer 松

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#11 posted 371 days ago

I like the spline corner detail… kind of sets things off without an immediate recognition as to why it is attractive…

Never tried acrylic…

great work.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#12 posted 370 days ago

Lots to like here Ruddy, Very Nice Job!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 370 days ago

Well done. Very nice.

-- I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.

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#14 posted 370 days ago

This is another beauty! I really like the lift out tray design. Sloping the scroll cut not only added strength, but added to the visual appeal as well. Cool splines.

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

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#15 posted 370 days ago

Great box the tray is a very unique idea, nice workmanship. Splines are also unique.

-- Tom D

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