Brass, Sydney Blue Gum and some wooden hinges.

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Project by ruddy posted 186 days ago 1154 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently asked if I could restore an old box that had been damaged over the years. The box had been made in England and my best guess is that it was made circa 1880 to 1900. It had been made with brass inlays and restoring it gave me the impetus to make a box using brass and wood. The box had 5 generations of people prising open the lock and it was in a bad state of repair with a large hole where the original lock was housed. The box looked like it was made from some type of cedar and then veneered with a walnut or similar veneer. The fine workmanship in the box was still evident. This is a picture of the original box.

Rather than try and copy the original design I wanted to incorporate wooden hinges and I wanted to create a much larger document size box. This box measures 375mm x 285mm x 130mm high.
This started out as a 6”square Sydney Blue Gum post that I got from an old factory that was being demolished and so was well and truly seasoned. I used box joints on the corners and then used a router on the edges and fitted square brass. The brass corners have been pinned and all assembled using high quality epoxy.
The lid inset is an elm burr veneer and compliments the Sydney Glue Gum.
The box has been made for my Godson and the central brass plaque is engraved with his name.
I like wooden hinges and here the hinges are flush inlaid and are made from Purple Heart. The hinges should not suffer stress as the box is fitted with Brusso stays. I think there is something very appealing about the combination of an oil finished hardwood and brass.
Regards from Sydney
Ian R

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 186 days ago

Beautiful work as always sir

-- 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 185 days ago

Very nice box, beautiful wood and joinery and the inside is great….excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 185 days ago

beautiful box ruddy, as always i love your hinges, and all of the woods here work together very well, more inspiration , thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 185 days ago

Beautiful, box, Ruddy. I like the old one, too…. Your creation has an old-world, classic look to it, especially the addition of the brass edges and name plate. I see one little detail I will be borrowing for one of my boxes; the little hinged lid on the interior compartment….very cool!

-- jbschutz

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#5 posted 185 days ago

Much to like about this box. Love the hinged compartment in the tray. And the nice lid detail. Well done.

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

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#6 posted 185 days ago

wow, the box turned out beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#7 posted 185 days ago

Very nice Rudy.
Lots of cool details on this one. And remarkable workmanship.

Well done,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 185 days ago

Excellent redo. Lotsa gr8 details. Very nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 185 days ago

Another excellent piece of work. The old box also looks very interesting as well.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#10 posted 185 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship, love the wooden hinge!

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#11 posted 185 days ago

I love wooden hinges. I am going to have a go at them soon.

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#12 posted 185 days ago

That’s one fine box.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 185 days ago

Your hinges deserve another comment. Perhaps the most attractive wood hinges I’ve seen. Inlaying them flush eliminates the usual heavy, clunky appearance usually associated with wooden hinges. The Brusso stays are a very attractive and effective way to deal with any potential strength problems. Nice work indeed. My compliments.

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

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#14 posted 185 days ago

Great looking box, very nice work inside and out.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 185 days ago

I always love everything that you post and this is no exception! VERY classy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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