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Project by rustynails posted 02-28-2015 02:39 AM 3616 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I decided to make a custom veneer box with some new to me learning techniques. This box is made out of Baltic Birch plywood for the sub straights and has a book matched marbled Chen Chen veneer exterior with solid wood Ebony edging/corners. It has a book matched Tiger Maple interior with solid brass Brusso Quadrant hinges and a solid brass mortise lock with key. I custom made the escutcheon for the lock out of brass. The finish is 5 coats of semi gloss spray lacquer with a buffed wax top coat.

The first 5 pictures make the box look a little light in color but the last picture really shows the true color of the finished project and the hidden texture of the wood.

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#1 posted 02-28-2015 02:48 AM

gorgeous box

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#2 posted 02-28-2015 02:54 AM

Very nice. I have heard of chen chen veneer but it has a most unique grain. You did a really nice bit of work

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#3 posted 02-28-2015 02:57 AM

awesome box

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#4 posted 02-28-2015 03:17 AM

A very handsome box. The veneer combination with the ebony stringing is striking. So much to like about this box.
Your workmanship is to be admired…..beautiful.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#5 posted 02-28-2015 03:27 AM

That is a beautiful piece of work!

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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#6 posted 02-28-2015 03:43 AM

Very nice layout of the veneer and a striking box as the result. My compliments.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 02-28-2015 03:51 AM

Nice box Richard, I love the Chen Chen veneer. Never seen it before.
Great veneer work and matches. As is often said, simple is anything but simple to achieve and you have nailed it.
Simply elegant.

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

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#8 posted 02-28-2015 04:27 AM

Great box, very nice work.

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#9 posted 02-28-2015 05:25 AM

Very nice.

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#10 posted 02-28-2015 05:41 AM

Very nicely executed! The Gabon Ebony really makes the Baltic Birch stand out. Very elegant and modern. I have seen some really nice Baltic Birch that had a flame pattern forming from the core, but alas, it is too soft of a wood for me to use for my cane handles.

Keep up the fantastic work!

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#11 posted 02-28-2015 07:41 AM

Gorgeous box, almost looks like granite. Really nice project.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#12 posted 02-28-2015 09:30 AM

Well the choice and placement of the veneers certainly attacts the eye, then the ebony edging complements the overall build.
Marbled Chen Chen veneer,.... I shall have to put on my shopping list.

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 02-28-2015 12:08 PM

this box sure caught my eyes..stunning. just stunning. please keep making beautiful stuff like this & sharing. I need my fix!

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#14 posted 02-28-2015 01:04 PM

Very nice and very well done. I really like the edges!

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

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#15 posted 02-28-2015 02:05 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. When I decided to start this box I was not sure what veneer I was going to use and what kind of pattern to put on the box. As I reviewed my veneer stash the marbled Chen Chen jumped out at me and I figured I would let the natural grain pattern with a book match design speak for itself instead of trying to over incorporate too many elements into the design.

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