'Box Tops'

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Project by BarbS posted 11-05-2013 06:09 AM 6111 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a version of these little turned boxes on FB and asked the maker if I could use the design. He pointed me to a master turner from Israel, one Eli Avisera, who willingly shared his design, which I thought was terrific. I altered it a little, since he made his with the long top handle used as a finial. I wanted the ‘idea’ of the top hidden, to be a surprise to the viewer picking it up, so I added a bit of a nubbin to the turning point of the top, inverted it, and hid the handle inside the box. The added nubbin gives the box top a small handle to grip, and I love the name ‘Box Tops,’ for this project. All silver maple, about 2-1/2” d. and 3” tall.


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#1 posted 11-05-2013 09:47 AM

Love them. The nubbin is a great idea.

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 10:21 AM

These are awesome! I love them! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 10:45 AM

Very nice little boxes and the tops are great..nice and colourful…excellent.

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

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 11:58 AM

What a clever idea.

Good job Barb,

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 01:16 PM

These are some wild little boxes. Would make some great gifts. I may have to steal this myself. Cool coloring. Thanks Barb.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 01:28 PM

Cool idea and well done. Great little lids for great boxes.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 01:45 PM

Barb, I love these and the colors are beautiful. You’ve done a fine job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 04:04 PM

They are so beautiful. Love the top and the bright colors.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 04:20 PM

Beautiful work Barbs!

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#10 posted 11-05-2013 04:36 PM

Beautiful! How did you color them?

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 04:38 PM

Thanks, everyone. The colors are simply craft store markers, water-based. I let them dry well and then wax over them, color added while spinning. They seem to hold up well. Fun to make!


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#12 posted 11-05-2013 06:52 PM

I like them.
Great work.

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#13 posted 11-05-2013 07:58 PM

Nice work Barb- very colorful- Gifts for grandkids??

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 11-05-2013 09:10 PM

Cute, sweet little guy’s, Great job.

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#15 posted 11-05-2013 09:41 PM

Nice work Barbs. This is the kind of thing that one wonders, why didn’t I think of that? Brilliant and nicely turned too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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