Small Sake Box

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Project by Devin posted 12-25-2008 03:16 AM 2199 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box as a gift for my mother (shhh, she’ll be opening it on the 27th). It will be used to package a Sake set, but after that she can use it for whatever she likes. Lacewood sides, birds eye maple for the top (and keys and lid stays) and maple ply for the bottom. Although it’s “my own” design, I’m sure the Doug Stowe influence is obvious to everyone ;). I thought the dark patches in the maple would add interest to the lid, but next time I think I’ll stick to more pure maple to contrast the colours between the sides and the top.
Approximately 9×6x3, finished with a couple coats of Danish Oil and three coats of poly.

I still have the other half of the resawn lid, anyone have any ideas how I might make that birds eye, with dark streaks really pop?

Having made one box, I can see how this might become an addiction…can’t wait :)
thanks for looking, Devin.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#1 posted 12-25-2008 03:41 AM

Nice looking box. Clean design with great splines. Well done!

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 01:35 AM

Nice job Dev. The fit looks amazing.

If you dye the maple with a water-based dye (a nice warm amber or something) then sand it back slightly before applying an oil based finish (like Danish Oil), the figue will pop a bit better. The figure will absorb the water based dye deeper than the rest of the wood because it is essentially end grain (or at least a different orientation than side/face grain). This process will increase the overall contrast between the figure and the face grain.

Way to go. A gift to be treasured for certain.

-- - If my wife asks, I got ALL of my tools on sale.

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 05:18 PM

Very handsome box. You did an excellent job of featuring that variance in color in the lid, and the eyes are a nice counterpoint to the rays in the lacewood. I like what you did with the lid rabbet/strips.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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