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Project by kiefer posted 08-27-2013 06:31 PM 2298 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the box I have been wanting to make for some time because I had this piece of birch bark veneer that I posted some time ago .
All the ideas and materials came together and it seems to work.
The birch bark which I glued to some MDF has not changed in colour or size since I glued it so it seems very stable .The box material is yellow birch from some hardwood flooring and is a nicely colored and grained piece .
The leather hinge is walnut and some leather from a old belt .
The finish is satin spray lacquer and the interior is lined with brown velvet .
The only thing that may get added to this is a lid lift but so far I have not thought of a fitting design .
The hinge on this box still has the dimple from the drill bit and it is something that I have improved along with the size which is down to 1`.
In my next post I will show the new way of how I make the hinge and improved it`s strength and installation .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-27-2013 07:33 PM

Great looking box Kiefer. I love your use of birch bark. Very good material for everything from canoes to shoes and as you have shown us, boxes too. Looking forward to your leather hinge post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 07:47 PM

stefang +1! When I look at a project, I figure out what I want to say, and stefang’s first sentence was my thought verbatim.

-- 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 08-27-2013 08:12 PM

How about a leather lid lift?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 08-27-2013 08:37 PM

Very nice. Love the bark and the hinges.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 08:45 PM

Nice box. That hinge is so slick!!

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

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 08:54 PM

Dittos on all of the above. Nice one

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

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#7 posted 08-27-2013 09:25 PM

Super Job Kiefer on a really handsome box… Slick Hinge-work too!

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

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#8 posted 08-27-2013 09:45 PM

The hinges are just getting better and better.
I’m still working up the nerve to use some arbutus bark (world’s thinnest veneer ~.008”)
My first experiment with it is here.

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

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#9 posted 08-27-2013 10:52 PM

Very nice yet simple. I like this.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 08-28-2013 12:49 AM

Boxes are my favorite things to build. Yours is really nice. It’s a minimalist look with a big impact. The cover has terrific color and texture. The hinges are great as well, I look forward to your next post about them. Great work!

-- You have all the resources you need, no matter what you may believe.

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Chris Cook

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#11 posted 08-28-2013 01:17 AM

Fantastic work!! I just have to know more about the leather hinges! I just found where you posted your test and technique. I have to try this!

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#12 posted 08-28-2013 01:51 AM

Really impressive box

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#13 posted 08-28-2013 02:29 AM

I would have never thought to use birch bark as a surface. That is a great idea and it looks cool. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 08-28-2013 04:27 AM

with so many people posting boxes, its rare that one catches my eye. Yours very much did. The proportions are grate and so are the choices in materials.

Nicely done.

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#15 posted 08-28-2013 10:46 AM

Another beautiful box Kiefer…great looking wood…excellent.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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