ButterKnot Box #1

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Project by Woodbridge posted 153 days ago 1457 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve spent that last week or so building several boxes and using up some of the interesting wood cut-offs that I have collected and put aside over the last several months.

When is was building my Modigliani chair I purchased a nicely figured piece of butternut to use as part of this chair. The left over portion of the board contained two knot holes and I set it aside knowing that it would make an interesting box or two. When I got around to building this box I wanted to feature the knot hole rather than cut around it and use the “good” portions of the board.

In this case I decided to feature the knot hole and nice figure surrounding it as the front of the board. The knot hole also serves as the lift for the lid.

The box is made from 3/4” butternut with mitred joints, walnut splines and trim. It is about 11” x 5” x 4.5 inches. I’ve used quadrant hinges. The small removable tray is made from oak. It is finished with a number of coats of shellac and then waxed.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 153 days ago

Very cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 153 days ago

I like the incorporated knot. Very neat way that you did this.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 153 days ago

Very creative and something special.
Thank you for posting.

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

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#4 posted 153 days ago

Love the knot and swoop-de-doo side. How did you cut it open?

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 153 days ago

Thanks for the comments. Ruddy, thanks, but sometimes the wood does the creating for you.

Doe: Prior to glueing the sides together I made some starter cuts at each corner and towards the knot hole. Once the box was glued together is was able to insert my jig saw into the starter cut in the corner and cut the “swoop-de-do” side. I finished the straight cuts with the table saw, cutting almost all the way through but not fully, then freeing the two pieces with a hand saw.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 153 days ago

Is anyone having a problem with pictures? All personal photos are missing from my view including my own?

Nice design and flow in the piece. Are you concerned about the knot loosening over time?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 153 days ago

Great looking box.
The knot use is just too cool!


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#8 posted 153 days ago

Yes doc … I’m also having problems with pictures being replaced with ’?’

That aside … I love how you’ve managed to use the knot hole to such artistic advantage Peter. What a beautiful and unique box!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 153 days ago

I think the picture problem is system wide at the LJ end of things.

Elaine, thanks for the comments my next posting is a marquetry box. Your nouveau gal project inspired me to give it a try.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 153 days ago

Fantastic Peter! Glad I could add a touch of inspiration, and I’m looking forward to viewing your Marquetry project!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 153 days ago

That’s just amazing. Beautiful work!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#12 posted 152 days ago

That is one creative design with including the knot into the box shape .
Love the way you accomplished the separation cut ,ingenious !

-- Kiefer 松

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#13 posted 152 days ago

Very nice box, my man.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#14 posted 152 days ago

Imperfections in any wood projects are merely “beauty marks” nice box.

-- we stand behind our work but never under it...(love seeing the look in customers eyes when they hear it)

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#15 posted 37 days ago

Nice looking box! Thanks for sharing. Was wondering about how the top panel is attached to the sides: glued or floated? Would appreciate your comment. Thanks, h.

-- Having finished many DIY projects, I still don't know how things should be done, but I surely know how they should not be done.

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