ButterKnot Box #1

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Project by Woodbridge posted 11-16-2013 09:23 PM 2852 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 11-16-2013 09:48 PM

Very cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 10:12 PM

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 11-16-2013 10:27 PM

Very creative and something special.
Thank you for posting.

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

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 10:53 PM

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 11-16-2013 11:00 PM

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 11-16-2013 11:08 PM

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 11-17-2013 12:40 AM

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


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#8 posted 11-17-2013 12:42 AM

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 11-17-2013 01:43 AM

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 11-17-2013 02:13 AM

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 11-17-2013 02:40 AM

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 11-17-2013 06:33 PM

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

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 11-17-2013 06:50 PM

Very nice box, my man.

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

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#14 posted 11-18-2013 04:06 AM

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 03-13-2014 01:32 AM

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.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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