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Project by KnickKnack posted 346 days ago 1475 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As part of my “back to basics” campaign (which should, rightfully, be called, “go to basics” since I’ve never been there before) I decided to make a wing box. It is, after all, just a few butt joints and a coupla dowel hinges – how hard can it be?
I carefully selected a rather nice piece of ash, successfully fought the temptation to make the handle symmetrical, hence the title, and set to.
Now most of the wing boxes I’ve seen have only one pair of handles and, very often, to be frank, they seem very “added on”. I like to, where possible, integrate the handle into the thing, and I really didn’t see why there shouldn’t be handles on both sides, so I came up with this. Since it was part exercise, I deliberately made sure that, where it came through the box, it wasn’t straight. Now I know why I don’t do that kind of thing – chisels and me don’t get on (I am the guy who, 5 years ago, decided to use linseed oil on the oil stone – doh!). Hopefully next time I’ll do a better job or, more likely, avoid it. Just for fun I put faux dowels on the underside…

But it was all looking a bit plain.
Well, that’s my excuse.
I’ve had this idea of multiple insets for a while, so I thought I’d give it a go. We have a 0.6mm slice of walnut veneer (“You can’t see it”, said the wife, “so why did you bother?”), sandwiched within 2 lots of 2 bits of unknown reddish veneer – totaling 3mm (my smallest router bit) if you use a mallet – inset in a 5mm strip of ash. As long as you don’t move the fence, it’s easy to just get smaller and smaller. I quite like it, but I do think it’s a bit small on this.
Of course, I like the wrap around edges and the end grain, so I used that on the sides – there’s a certain amount of continuity but, because of the hinges (3mm metal, 3mm beech dowel stopper on top), the corners need to be rounded and you lose it a bit.
Then I added the jatobá bottoms.
And, just for fun, and seeing as how the base was working out like this…

I put in a secret compartment. Well, that’s an overstatement really – it’s just a false floor. Enough for some euros and a false passport, should one have one.

Fumed oak, ash, jatobá, unknown veneers. 41cm x 17cm x 10cm high. Linseed oil.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."





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AaronK

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#1 posted 346 days ago

looks nice!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 346 days ago

COOL Unique design…

Clever…

All Right!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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LookingGlass

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#3 posted 346 days ago

You do not need a “next time”. This a most excellent and beautiful box. Keep up the great work.

-- Take care.....Ed

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ruddy

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#4 posted 346 days ago

Nice design…......always like something different and this is unique.
Well done

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

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SPalm

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#5 posted 346 days ago

Nice campaign. We all need a new campaign every now and then.

Neat piece. A lot of new adventures in there. And I love the wright up – it was a fun read.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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UncleStumpy

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#6 posted 345 days ago

Great concept and execution! I really like the wing top – I made one once and it went over big.
Make more!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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tefinn

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#7 posted 345 days ago

Very different! I like different!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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DocSavage45

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#8 posted 345 days ago

Nice progression in your “Basic” boxes.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 345 days ago

Very cool design and flawless execution.

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

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 345 days ago

great “basic” box. Great design. I especially like the centre pulls

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 345 days ago

Great work, very nice and lots of visual interest.

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

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Roger

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#12 posted 345 days ago

That’s pretty kool.

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

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majuvla

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#13 posted 342 days ago

Interesting design and way of opening.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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