Pine Box Walnut Inserts

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Project by robscastle posted 10-22-2013 04:29 AM 2021 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a box I made then added lids to specifically to practice doing medallion inserts.

The jig I developed from Andy’s Blog so if it looks familiar that is the reason why.

The walnut is a piece from degoose’s collection that I selected to book match for the medallion inserts.

The rest of the pine box is from materials custom constructed in the workshop:-
The frame sides, were dovetailed using the Gifkings Jig and the A10 template
The internal divider/carry handle, now there is a first ! made on the table saw and shaper with a barley feature added.
The base, butt jointed ply framed in custom trim.

The two lids were cut from a single piece of pine utilising the running grain .
I rabbeted the edges to a custom fit and then added the medallions.
I routed out in the recessed area using the Jig in the attached photos, andthen finished the corners with a chisel.

The medallion as mentioned earlier came from some of degoose’s stock.

I always enjoy working with his timber as the features hidden below the rough sawn surfaces are always amazing.

Check this out, the walnut came from this jointer run I did after returning home from my Sydney trip.

So from a small humble stick of walnut I jointed and sawed it in two, found a really nice book match features, glued it together, thicknessed it and cut it to suit the medallion insert recess.

The pictures don’t do it a great deal of credit as the running grain in the pine lids and the two running book matched medallions look absolutely fantastic.

Sanded with grit up to 320 and a coat of Danish Oil finished it off.

It took me far too long to make this simple box, I estimate it took over two days and almost half of one day was consumed in making the lid medallion jig, however I enjoyed every moment of it, makes one appreciative of being alive!!

Some closing credits

1. My fellow woodworker Larry for the timber, and the hours of informal chatter/mentoring and just plain friendship (if there is such a thing as plain friendship)
2. Lumberjocks member, Andy and his excellent blog on box making and how to insert medallions in the lids.

What am I going to do with it? possibly hide it in the next box of clothing we send to the Philippine’s as a surprise!



-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-22-2013 08:05 AM

Nice work, Looking good….

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2013 09:46 AM

Great looking box and I like the barley twist a lot too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 10:42 AM

I like it. Nice design and build.

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

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 03:07 PM

Very vice looking box, Robert. Planing wood is like panning for gold. Sometimes what emerges is fantastic.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 10-22-2013 06:45 PM

Very nice Rob and the walnut in the lids looks great…very nice indeed.

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

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#6 posted 10-25-2013 04:17 AM

I would have to be remiss not to add this photo,
Its the result of letting Larry loose on it with just a hand written name.

Nice work Larry, Thanks heaps.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 10-28-2013 02:39 PM

Wonderful box! Great design especially the lids and the twist. Like the contrasting woods used, very attractive.

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