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Project by ruddy posted 226 days ago 1854 views 29 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inside a banksia nut Mother Nature has a hidden treasure that rarely gets discovered. On this box I made the lid insert from banksia nuts that were cut radially to get the beautiful array as a feature. The discs were cut and assembled to get the pattern to show off the radiating flecks. Banksia nuts are very hard and when machined and sanded yield a surface that polishes well.
You can see in this picture, Mother Nature at her best.

The box is an Asian Style that I favour not only because of the appearance but also, with a divided tray and a drawer, it is a very practical box. The box is made from Australian Rosewood and the four corner posts are American Oak. The tray under the lid is fixed in place so that the lid hinges to about 95 degrees and is made from one piece of rosewood.
The box measures approx. 300 mm x 200 mm x 130 mm high.

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





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 225 days ago

Nice work. This should make top 3!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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WoodenFrog

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#2 posted 225 days ago

Awesome very cool!! I like this box!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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JR45

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#3 posted 225 days ago

Beautiful! The Banksia insert is stunning.
Jim

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

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 225 days ago

A work of art! the inside divider is amazing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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stefang

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#5 posted 225 days ago

Wonderful box Ruddy. Great design and craftsmanship. I love it here in Norway, but I would almost move to Australia just for the wood varieties there. I love the way you used that Banksia nut. Very creative. I have one that I got about 16 years ago to turn, but never did. After seeing your box, I may use it differently now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Doe

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#6 posted 225 days ago

Amazing! How did you cut the banksia slices to fit so tightly?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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spud72

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#7 posted 225 days ago

Very well done. it’s lovely

-- Guy,PEI

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kdc68

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#8 posted 225 days ago

Wow !!..... Amazing craftsmanship! ....Absolutely beautiful!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 225 days ago

Now that is amazing. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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aussiedave

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#10 posted 225 days ago

That is an amazing box…love the way you did the inside segmented…simply awesome, my favorite today.

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

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JR45

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#11 posted 225 days ago

Beautiful! The Banksia insert is stunning. Somehow managed to post this twice!
Jim

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

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ruddy

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#12 posted 225 days ago

Thanks for the positive comments.
Stefan, just make sure you wear a mask when you start making sawdust with the banksia nut. The outside of the nuts have fine spores that can be nasty.
Jim, I do that doubling up fiasco all the time, must be something to do with the date of birth being so far back.
Doe, I made a jig that allowed the discs to locate correctly and then index 120 degrees to make the next cut.

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 225 days ago

A fine box, well made, Ruddy. The Banksia cone feature is a stunner.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Roger

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#14 posted 225 days ago

Very awesome. I like the wood combos. That Banksia really goes gr8. I also like the way you sculpted the inside tray, way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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489tad

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#15 posted 225 days ago

That box is just crazy! What are the pulls made of? That is a great piece.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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