Celtic Knot Box

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Project by mrsKennyMak posted 04-20-2014 03:31 AM 1878 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love this jewellery box, which was Kenny’s first Celtic knot carving.
The box is eastern maple; the knot is western maple; and the knot’s background and hinges are black walnut.
This project was Kenny’s second or third, when he started woodworking again, about a year ago.
BTW, we’ve had an online gallery / blog with both Wordpress and Blogger; but with not nearly the likemindedness of the LJ community. I.e., it’s Very cool and encouraging to know that the wood-art experts here DO consider the posts—and the work!
In any case, if it’s not against LJ’s policy or protocol to post older projects (i.e., ones that weren’t finished yesterday), I hope to upload them all.
—soon! Maureen.

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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#1 posted 04-20-2014 03:49 AM

That is a very nice piece. I love the hinges!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#2 posted 04-20-2014 08:17 AM

Maureen, this box is a beautiful piece of work. I like the simplicity and complexity of it. The lines are simple the carving is complex. The wooden hinges are a nice touch. For my taste, I would like to see more pictures of the inside, the top from above, and maybe a shot of a corner. The photos you have here are nicely done.

Out of curiosity, why are the corner splines so near the top and bottom edge? Are they meant to tie into the top board and the bottom board? Visually, they look a bit crowded at the top and bottom to my eye.

I see you have included a steel ruler in your shot and that helps, but the ruler is difficult to read and just gives one dimension. It is not easy to tell scale from a picture. It helps readers if you take time to include all three dimensions in your post, please.

This is nice work, and photography and we have other posts to look forward to, so I just thought I’d put in my two cents worth of suggestions. They are meant to be helpful not just critical. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 04-20-2014 11:17 AM

Beautiful box, excellent work ….thanks for sharing

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 04-20-2014 12:27 PM

That is one beautiful box

-- cnarf, Ireland

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#5 posted 04-20-2014 03:20 PM

beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 04-20-2014 09:09 PM

I would have to give the hinges a big thumbs up also.
Overall very well done
Keep up the good work

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 04-20-2014 10:20 PM

That box is fantastic! I love the play between the wood choices and the hinges are stunning. I really like the knot! I want to try one like that. My best guess is the knot was rough cut with a scroll saw then hand carved to completion. Am I close?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 04-21-2014 06:04 AM

Thanks to all for the kind and encouraging words! :-)

Not to mention the high praise for the hinges! I’m proud to say that this hinge is one of the very few design features in all of Kenny’s works that I can actually take credit for. (The designing; not the creating.) Thanks for noticing!

Boxguy, thank you for the photo feedback! I’ve gotten a few picture-taking tips from this very site, and if I can’t find one or two of the original shots, I’ll look for my charger, real soon. In any case, the inside of the box is plain (I think that’s the technical term), and the bottom is lined with maroon coloured velvet.

Kenny said, “Right on!” to your comment, and we both agree that including the L/W/H dimensions is excellent advice! This one is:
L7.5” x W5.5” x H4.25”
(And a legible wooden[!] ruler has been on my shopping list for Ages!)

Regarding the splines, Kenny says:
“You’re right about the splines. I was happy with the overall result, but yes—if I were to do it again (in partnership with my old pal Hindsight), I’d lower the top spline and raise the bottom one. And I’d also make the lid a little bit thicker…”

To MarkTheFiddler:
“You’re pretty close! I did do the first part with a scroll saw, just like you thought, and then I cut a bunch of (popsicle-stick sized) sticks, and glued sandpaper on them for all the little nooks and crannies.
“I also got a bunch of sandpaper and cut them into strips, and then did all the ‘carving,’ using the sandpaper to ‘floss’ the knot into shape.
“I’ve since done a second Celtic knot, and although I did the final finessing exactly the same way [as above], when I did the first rough part, I made use of a router, and also a chisel and some knives. Which knocked some of the time and labour intensity down, quite a bit.”

To everyone who commented, thank you again from us both for the great feedback, compliments, and very constructive criticism!
PS: Found a pic of the inside—

-- “In strange and uncertain times such as those we are living in [...] may we trust the inexpressible benevolence of the creative impulse.” ~ Robert Fripp

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