Cute box with feet ~ Box w/cute feet?

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Project by mrsKennyMak posted 05-31-2014 03:18 AM 2172 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is how Kenny describes it (and I apologise in advance for the pix—I’m still trying to figure out the best background, lighting, settings, etc.):

“This is a cute little box that I had a lot of fun making.
“What’s special about this box is, in my opinion, the pair of all-wooden hinges—my best to date.
“The inside of the box is divided into left and right halves; and a small tray fits into the right-hand side.
“The underside of the lid is an aromatic cedar weave, which I never finish with anything other than many hours’ of 100 per cent elbow grease.”

SIZE: Approx. 8.5×6.5×4.25”

Body: Maple
Tray: Maple with a centred handle
Divider: Maple
Trim, hinges, pull, & feet: Black walnut
Underside of Lid: Aromatic Cedar weave

FINISH: Polymerized tung oil; elbow grease
LINING: black velvet flocking (box and tray)

Thanks for the viewing, and in advance for all / any comments!

-- “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 05-31-2014 03:28 AM

This beyond “cute”. Baby Girl my dog is Cute. This box is more of the MS America drop dead gorgeous type box. Very nice and thanks for sharing. I just showed it to Baby Girl and she said, “I want one Daddy!”

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#2 posted 05-31-2014 03:33 AM

The Red Cedar weave on the underside of the lid is unique and a nice touch. That’s an area on a box that never seems to finish right. This will fix that. Thanks for showing.

I think you got a Cute box with Cute feet! Nice job.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 05-31-2014 04:18 AM

Perfect! Simple, yet elegant.

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2014 11:03 AM

Neat box. I like the weaved pieces in the lid, but I REALLY like the hinges!

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#5 posted 05-31-2014 11:46 AM

Nice, very nice and it is cute all the way around, someone here on LJ’s once told me when you’ve made the back of the box just as appealing as the front they you’ve truly created a masterpiece and this box fits.

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#6 posted 05-31-2014 01:40 PM

Just excellent! All boxes need feet and your are classy. I’m a big fan of wooden hinges and I like the shaping on yours. The cedar weave makes this box special and unique.

Steve does have a cute dog!

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#7 posted 05-31-2014 01:47 PM

Beautiful!!! Have a tascker for a toy chest and believe I have now have an idea based off your first pic which made me think this was a larger project. Wont be doing your great wooden hinges as I bid at price for a coworker $100 but believe I can attain enough missing material to complete a similar design. Yay! Thanks for sharing and again great work!!!

-- Dan

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#8 posted 05-31-2014 03:25 PM

This is a very nice box and you’ve done fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 06-01-2014 02:19 AM

You must have an extremely satisfied feeling after this…

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 03:16 AM

I had to come back and make another comment. I spent part of today cutting cedar strips to the right thickness to replicate the inside of your box lid. It’s not as easy as it looks but with practice it can be done. I think the idea is great and it really dresses up a box. I added weaves to 2 of my old boxes and it improved them considerably. I am considering other applications of the weave modified….maybe a whole box of heavier weave. It is just a nifty idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#11 posted 06-01-2014 06:31 PM

Not sure about cute, I think it is a very beautiful box with great looking hinges, I really like the way they are done and the design. Excellent craftsmanship in making this box inside and out and nice finish. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#12 posted 06-02-2014 01:24 AM

Well, this was a real pleasant surprise to both of us, being in the top 3! (And we wondered whether my semi-vague title might have had something to do with it…?)

Kenny says that this box started out as a make-work project, using remnants (I can’t bring myself to say “scraps”) from other finished pieces, but then he started getting into it. And yes to Dennie; Kenny said it actually Did give him a really good feeling after he finished this box!

I agree that the hinges are his best—and not only because I had a hand in the design. (I myself prefer wooden to metal hinges, any day.)

Anyway, we both think it’s very cool, OldWrangler, that you returned to let us know that the weave under the lid inspired you to try your own! And two in one day! We’d both love to see any variations you might come up with.

Here’s Kenny’s response:
“I actually do the aromatic cedar weave on a lot of my boxes. And with one of my first, the entire box was aromatic cedar weave, and I sold it as a potpourri box. (Unfortunately, we weren’t thinking of taking pictures then, but they Have been promised…)
“I also know a guy who made a laundry basket with the weave; and one of the guys I build boxes with did a weave out of maple strips, which was pretty cool.
“Thanks to everyone for responding. I enjoyed all the feedback and comments!”

We are Both happily surprised with all the compliments! Thank you!
PS: I must admit you’re right, Steve. Baby Girl is a Lot cuter!

-- “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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