purpleheart tambour and curly maple box

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 01-17-2015 07:25 PM 11627 views 23 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I liked the style and function of my last box enough that I had to do another. The box came pretty easy since I already had my templates and dimensions. Just had to mix the colors and add some artistic elements. After changing my mind on the pattern at least a half dozen times, I free handed the curves and lines and decided to go with it.

The cutting and trenching on the purpleheart top was all done with a utility knife. The little maple veneer pieces were glued with CA. For the inlays for the purpeheart veneer on the sides were dug out with a small router bit in a dremmell, mounted in their plunge router attachment base. (if i did a tool review I’d give it 1 star) The router work went pretty quick after scoring the lines with a sharp knife point. Then it was a little extra time cleaning out the corners with a palm chisel. The purpleheart veneer chips were glued in with regular yellow wood glue.

Finished used was water based satin poly. (inferior MW). I don’t much like the stuff but it’s low odor, fast drying and I can use it in the clean heated area off of the shop.

One of the best features of these boxes is the drawer function. Full extensions with stops. Lift and the drawer comes out. Red velvet on the bottoms.

The tambour panel slides very smooth and easy but to make this happen it takes special attention to sand the surfaces of the slot smooth. Seal, sand repeat. Also for the ends of the slats on the panel. Box has no stains or paints, no metal or hardware.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 08:07 PM

Great design and execution, very nice.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 08:51 PM

That box is a looker and different.

I like both….....................

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 10:50 PM

Wow Jim!
You’ve done it again. That’s just toooo cool. The box and the tambour are very nice but the graphic is just killer.
I love it.

Take a look at this little drill / router base. It might work for you.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 11:51 PM

Truly unique and beautiful!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 01-18-2015 12:26 AM

I’m impressed and in awe. Outstanding!

-- Art

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#6 posted 01-18-2015 01:15 AM

Thanks for the compliments y’all. And Paul, yes I remember when you posted your router base rig and watched with interest. And I’ve got the flex shaft so I might have to make one. That Dremmel brand router base sucks!

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 01:33 AM

NIce box- Cool design and wood.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 01-18-2015 02:08 AM

That is awesome ! Thanks for sharing it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 01-18-2015 04:00 AM

Excellent design and techniques..congrats on the Top 3

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#10 posted 01-18-2015 07:53 AM

Great post thanks

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 01-18-2015 01:03 PM

That is a great design and really clean work. Beautiful.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 01-18-2015 01:53 PM

What can I say.
Beautiful design, well made, good wood combination.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 01-18-2015 02:14 PM

Absolutely perfect. I like this wood colour combinations. Inlays are great. Overal design is very unique.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 01-18-2015 02:22 PM

Jim, I don’t know what to say, other than, Holy Moly!! This is fantastic. This belongs in a museum. Very awesome build. Like McDonalds, “I’m luvin it”. I think I could speak for everyone here and ask if you have any step by step pics and how-to’s….....

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 01-18-2015 03:13 PM

Awesome box Jim,

I second Roger, would like to know how you made the full extension drawers.

-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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