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Project by kiefer posted 09-14-2013 04:24 PM 2469 views 9 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second box I made with the beautiful aspen and some roasted maple and I like the fact that both are Canadian lumber .
I made it in shoji style for our Japanese LJ’s friends which has been the inspiration for this box because of it’s simplicity and contrast .
The hinges are barrel type which require absolute precision when drilling the holes but work well and make for a very tight fitting lid which can be opened to 180 DEG .
The tray very simple to continue with the style ,just a couple buttons for decoration .
The lid lift is a round disc set in with a square bar across ,very simple but fits the style I think .
The dimensions are 10”W x 6” D x 4” H
The finish is spray lacquer and bee wax polish hand a red velvet liner in the lid ,tray and bottom .

-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 04:35 PM

So crisp Kiefer.
Nice details and a wonderful Asian touch.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 04:40 PM

A Japanese plane or two would look nice in this also .
Stay well and keep making those wonderful planes .

-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 04:55 PM

awesome work… would like to see a close up of the tray details if possible?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 09-14-2013 05:03 PM

Just three pieces of maple lap jointed and the two buttons have a cross cut from the bottom to match .
The buttons are cut on the table saw on a large piece cut in both directions using my sled and then cut to size and shaped on the to with a hand sander then glued in place .
Hope this helps .

-- Kiefer 松

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#5 posted 09-14-2013 05:41 PM

This is quite striking with the contrast and shoji style….....very nice.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 05:44 PM

You are on a roll my friend.

Each of your boxes has it’s own flavour, it’s own influences but they are all so completely yours.

I know that you are pushing the bounds of strip/spline decoration right now but please let me try to encourage you to try marquetry. You would be very good at it very soon. You have the eye and the touch.

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

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#7 posted 09-14-2013 05:44 PM

This is a super attractive looking box Kiefer. Love the Asian touch! Great job!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 06:12 PM

I’ve always thought of aspen as a utility wood like poplar. Seeing it in the context of your last two boxes has really changed my mind! Beautiful box!

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

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#9 posted 09-14-2013 06:46 PM

Great variation of your last box Kiefer. I has similarities, but still with a wonderful personally of it’s own. Beautiful work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-14-2013 06:48 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 09-14-2013 08:06 PM

Very nice and elegant.

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

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#12 posted 09-14-2013 10:02 PM

Gee whiz what a way to follow up your last piece, fabulous work Kiefer as usual :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#13 posted 09-14-2013 11:54 PM

Another beautiful box Kiefer. Both this box and your last one are two beautiful boxes but I tend to like this one more. I think it is that the contrast between dark and light is greater and the splines are further apart making the design not quite so busy if you know what I mean… more open and pleasing to my eye anyway. Both boxes are awesome, just that this one catches my eye more. Keep making these amazing boxes and I look forward to seeing your next creation.

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

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#14 posted 09-15-2013 12:34 AM

And I said you couldn’t top the aspen/jatoba box! I love the way you did the circle/lift on this one.

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

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#15 posted 09-15-2013 02:18 AM

Great box, love the detail.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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