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Project by kiefer posted 03-30-2014 05:31 PM 2003 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I felt like making something a little different in a way of a box and had a certain person in mind who this box is for .
I was looking for a rustic look and think I got it close and he will like it .
Made from 1/2” cherry with dovetail splines which I accented, leather hinges and latch made from leather lace along with some horseshoe nails ,lined with beige upholstery cloth and finished with BLO and beeswax .
Size is 11 3/4 “X 7 1/4” X 4”
Had a good feeling building this box and made another box at the same time ,it is the same basic box but with a totally different look and I will post it soon as it is almost ready .
I like playing around with several projects at the same time because sometimes I need to step back and take a break from a project or wait for glue or finish to dry.
I get a lot of shop time lately because of the long winter we have had but spring is coming I hope soon .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 05:43 PM


Nice One! AGAIN! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 05:44 PM

Fantastic design – love the lid!


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#3 posted 03-30-2014 05:57 PM

Wonderful box Klaus. I think your friend will love it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 05:58 PM

Love it.

The bent top and embellished splines are way cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 06:04 PM

Hello Kiefer

Very nice design with a very original lid

I like it

Great work

What size ?

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 06:36 PM

Has a very warm, pleasant feel to it. I like it. Rustic, maybe, but not “too” rustic.

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

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 07:31 PM

Nailed it! Love the splines and the hinges. Very nice rustic look.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 07:43 PM

Another great one Kiefer…...well done. I think you got what you set out for…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 03-30-2014 08:17 PM

that is pretty cool, very unique, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#10 posted 03-30-2014 08:55 PM

Nice design, looks great

-- Norman

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 10:06 PM

You are becoming a very prolific producer Klaus.
It is getting difficult to come up with superlatives that I haven’t already worn out.
Imaginative, classic kiefer, and excellent come to mind but I’ve used them a lot before on your projects.

I know, thought provoking. That’s it. This one is definitely thought provoking, a conversation starter.

Thanks for sharing this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 03-31-2014 12:13 AM

That is a great looking box! I love the lid!

But I gotta ask: What the heck is a Zen box?

-- Dean

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#13 posted 03-31-2014 12:16 AM

Hummmmmmmm mahhhhh mmmmmmmmmmmm way cool!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 03-31-2014 12:20 AM

Absolutly a leader in designing boxes. Great work Kiefer

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

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#15 posted 03-31-2014 12:33 AM

Thanks all for the kind comments and I thought I add a little comment of my own to answer some questions
Size is 11 3/4” X 7 1/4” X4”
Yes I have had a lot of time in the shop this winter because of the length and crappy weather but is has given me time to get some of those ideas that I have been kicking around built .
This one is just a box for a buddy and I used a simple rebate joint for the corners instead of a mitre and the leather hinges worked into the design just right .
The latch or hasp is a new thing for me but it worked out nice with the horse shoe nails .
I think I got the somewhat ZEN and somewhat rustic look that I was shooting for .

The Zen as for as I take it is a serene feeling that I have used as a design style to create a project with a warm and peaceful look and feel .
There are other definitions of ZEN but nothing in specific .
GOOGLE it it may explain it a little better then I do .

-- Kiefer

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