Box and shelf

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Project by AandCstyle posted 02-01-2015 11:22 PM 2403 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My client has a knickknack wall in her home with items sitting on their own black shelves. They also have a lot of A&C style furniture and she mentioned they used to live in a Prairie style home. I used that as my inspiration for the box & shelf.

She let me design and make these pieces sight unseen as long as the minimum internal dimensions were met. I really had a great time designing and making them. :)

I had never made a frame and panel box this small before and there were some challenges dealing with 1/8” grooves & tenons. Except for the hinge rail which is 3/4” to accommodate the hinge screws, the rails & stiles are 1/2”x1/2”. The box is 10”x5.5”x4” of qswo and bubinga. The shelf is 12”x7”x6.5” of wenge. The hinges are Horton Brasses. I used the standard Watco Danish Oil, rattle can gloss lacquer and Johnson’s paste wax. I also lined the bottom with black felt.

Thanks for looking.

-- Art

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 11:33 PM

Stunning. Really excellent work.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 11:42 PM


That is really really nice!! question… Is the box attached to the shelf? Or is it loose?

You hit 65 yard field goal on this one!! Go Seahawks!!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 01:00 AM

Paul, thank you! I think the woods and the finish schedule are the key ingredients. The qswo and bubinga compliment each other, especially with the oil, and the wenge provides great contrast.

Steve, you are too kind. They are separate units. At this moment, the Pats are up 7 points, but they don’t deflate the balls until halftime. Ducking and running….... :D

-- Art

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 04:06 AM

Art, The shelf and box are both perfect! I agree that your choice of woods made this one but your skill in the shop brought it to life. I’ve done a bunch of frame and panel boxes (but with half lap joinery) and everything does have to fit just right. Great job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 04:27 AM

Looks great, never before seen qswo and bubinga together, quite a match.

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#6 posted 02-02-2015 03:11 PM

If you use the zoom pictures feature you can see the fantastic

joinery a lot better, there’s a lot of intricate work going on inside,

great job Art.

The nice proportions, color combos and contrasts makes this

a stunner.

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#7 posted 02-02-2015 03:25 PM

You did a nice job on both of these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-02-2015 03:46 PM

Lookin’ good Art. Joinery is bang on…As usual. Well done mate.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 02-02-2015 06:57 PM

Beautiful work Art, like I have said before you have a good eye and craftsmanship in your hands.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 02-03-2015 12:33 AM

Andy, thank you!

Thanks, Siavosh.

Thank you, Waho.

Thanks, Charles.

Mark, thanks.

Mike, thank you!

Another really nice feature of these pieces is that the sanding took almost no time at all. I was surprised how easily the wenge sanded considering how hard it is. :)

-- Art

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#11 posted 02-16-2015 09:14 PM

very nice! Im curious about where those woods come from i’ve never heard of qswo and bubinga.

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#12 posted 02-16-2015 09:23 PM

lem, thank you! QSWO is quarter sawn white oak which is very common in Northeastern US. Bubinga is from equatorial Africa.

-- Art

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