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09-01-2013 04:58 PM

I am nearing completion on this box for my mom’s friend. Waiting on some hinges I ordered. Here is my question. Is the the little bit of lacewood distracting or does it complement the medalian? The body of the box is rosewood and walnut. Please be honest, I do not need “nice comments”.

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 05:02 PM

If you mean that square of darkwood around the medallion (I thought lacewood was light colored?) it looks too big and chunky for me. Maybe if it was smaller, and oriented like a diamond instead of a square, and with beveled edges or inlaid cleanly it would fit better. That’s my opinion, for what it’s worth. I’ve still got a rolled up poster of dogs playing poker in the shed just waiting on the perfect frame so my taste might not be the same as yours or your mom’s friends.

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 05:09 PM

Too much. A bit clunky or oversized.

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 05:11 PM

I find it distracting takes my eyes off the rest of the box.

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 05:13 PM

I would go so far as to suggest putting the medallion on the inside of the lid. Let the wood and the workmanship stand on its own without competition. Nice box!

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 05:16 PM

Exactly the type comments I am looking for. Thanks

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#6 posted 09-01-2013 05:29 PM

I agree with the above.

Until resent post I was unaware you are a woodworker , I’m pleased to see you are and a very good one too,good looking box.
Given my lack of recent projects I guess folks might wonder the same of me :))

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#7 posted 09-01-2013 07:21 PM

The lacewood is distracting.

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#8 posted 09-01-2013 07:25 PM

Distracting, too large and might be better on the inside lid. I love it. Thanks guys… We should do more of this with each others projects. If unsure, ask the group. Just like we do when buying a tablesaw…

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#9 posted 09-01-2013 07:38 PM

I’d agree on a lot of the above, but my first thought was “the lacewood should be rectangular, like the box, and inset”. It would probably look better without, it does overwhelm the medallion.

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#10 posted 09-01-2013 07:47 PM

I agree, I would have turned the lacewood to make a diamond shape and then inset it. Or at least bevel the edges.

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#11 posted 09-01-2013 08:19 PM

To be honest, I don’t mind it. Might have been better if it offered a bit of contrast colour wise, but at the end of the day, it’s a hand made custom box and I think the square, being somewhat unexpected, draws attention to the fact that it isn’t mass produced. I’d leave it, especially if it’s glued on and finished already.

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#12 posted 09-01-2013 08:42 PM

1+ Joe. If you could inlay the square, make it diamond or oval. But it is also nice as it is. I think anytime we make anything we would probably change something on the next build.
Nice work.

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#13 posted 09-01-2013 10:23 PM

I find the square shape distracting too. It might be better if it was round. beaded. and a bit smaller diameter than the medallion. Thank’s for asking. It is interesting to see others opinions.-Jack

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#14 posted 09-01-2013 10:37 PM

Distracting, but the bare medallion won’t look quite right either. I like Joe’s idea of a smaller diamond, then use another bit of lacewood on the inside as someone else suggested to lend continuity to the outside and inside.

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#15 posted 09-01-2013 10:48 PM

After reading all the helpful comments, here is my take. Why introduce a third wood and different shape? I have moved to this. A rectangle to match the box and rosewood to get away from a single piece of lacewood.

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