Not a square box

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Project by adam2 posted 123 days ago 1371 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trying to break away form making something that was square. The oval sides are Wenge and the main box is made of an mdf core with black limba veneer on the exterior and anigre on the inside. the hinges are from Horton brass and the chian that holds the lid I picked up at a craft store. the feet are made of Wenge and Purple heart glued together and then cut out on the scroll saw. I do have a question for all the box makers out there. Do you know where I can get a good quality antique brass chain? Though the chain that I used in this box looks nice, I felt that it was cheap. Let me know what you think. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

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#1 posted 123 days ago

Nice! The purpleheart/wenge feet are such a stricking color combination. Lots of nice features here.

I’m not sure, but I think I got some chain through Lee Valley. They may have an antique finish (mine was bright).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 123 days ago

Definitely not a square box. I like it!

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#3 posted 123 days ago

Cool box, lots of features to draw the eye to. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 122 days ago

Nice design, nicely done. I like the shape and you did a nice job on the marquetry.

Thanks for posting this.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#5 posted 122 days ago

Nice way to break out of square!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 122 days ago

Amazing box ,very cool design and build.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 122 days ago

beautiful box, great veneer work!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#8 posted 122 days ago

Wow! You definitely came up with a unique design. It’s very impressive.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#9 posted 122 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship.

If you want a true antique chain you might have some luck at actual antique shops or a place that sells reclaimed architectural fixtures but be prepared to pay a high price. If you just want an old chain try a second hand shop or a thrift store. Or you could just go to your local hardware shop and buy a new brass chain then drop it in some ammonia to give it an aged appearance. Good luck.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 122 days ago

I picked some brass chain at a clock repair shop for a reasonable price.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#11 posted 122 days ago

Beautiful. Nice shape and nice choice of woods. What’s the actual size? We think a lot alike. I’ve never built a regular 4 sided square box. Have you considered using stop hinges? they open to just past 90 degrees. Then you wouldn’t even need the chain.

-- J.C.Sellers

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#12 posted 122 days ago

A very thoughtful project. I like it. I would however, second Jim Sellers thought that a chain stop, regardless of the quality of the chain is less than this box deserves. The stop hinge solution would be much superior. Sorry, probably shouldn’t let my general dislike of chains show through, but it’s nice work, and calls out for better than a chain. But that said, it’s your box, and you should do what you think best.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#13 posted 122 days ago

Very beautiful work. Well done.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#14 posted 122 days ago

great looking box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 122 days ago

Now that was thinking outside of the square box

-- Norman

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