Valentine's Box

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Project by StevenAntonucci posted 02-16-2009 03:08 AM 1630 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this little ring box/finialed hollowform for my wife for Valentine’s Day. The base is Cherry burl, and the lid is Ebony and Cherry burl. The picture makes the finial look a little heavy and flat, but it is not (finial #6- three broke, and this one was turned three times before I got it right (I think)). Hollowed to a heavy 1/8”- it won’t survive a fall off the dresser!

It’s been sanded to 1000 grit, and buffed with white diamond. Finish is Carnuba Wax. Comments welcome.



I took another snapshot to highlight the two things that I wasn’t happy with- two minor blips in form. The finial fits in a golden rectangle with the rest of the box, so proportionately, it’s pretty much spot on. I think Joe’s comment about the proportion and looking heavy is warranted, but I think the issue is with the ebony rim sitting on the lip of the box. If I could do it over, I wouldn’t have a lip on the form.

Thanks for all of the comments.

-- Steven

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 03:11 AM

Wow! Gourgeous.

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 03:35 AM

As has been said, Wow! Gorgeous.

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#3 posted 02-16-2009 05:12 AM

Steve, that is a beautiful piece of burl. I really like the form of the body and the combination of woods. The lid seems a little awkward and clunky compared to the graceful base. Overall, awesome job! Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 02-16-2009 05:16 AM

Everything is beautiful on this, shape, wood, and finish. Great piece, would love to have made this.

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#5 posted 02-16-2009 05:31 AM


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#6 posted 02-16-2009 06:21 AM

Beautifully done. It’s hard to tell it’s small, as it’s proportionate and could be quite large. It reminds me of a gourd, it’s so perfectly shaped.

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#7 posted 02-16-2009 06:43 AM

That’s a beautiful box! I really like the overall shape. The cherry burl is beautiful!!

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#8 posted 02-16-2009 12:57 PM

Beautiful box and finial. I really like the ebony seperation between the top and bowl. Interesting burl also.

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#9 posted 02-16-2009 04:35 PM

Wow! Wowee-wow-wow! to quote Christopher Walken as “The Continental”.

Every thing is right with this piece. Great job in the name of love!

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#10 posted 02-17-2009 09:09 PM

I love it and I love the lid. Beautiful.

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#11 posted 02-17-2009 09:25 PM

really beautiful jobe but I think the finial is a bit too big and is out of proportion for my taste however beautiful workmanship I hope you don’t mind me mentioning it but I just feel it is out of scale. many will no doubt disagree with me but there we have it. Alistair

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#12 posted 02-18-2009 04:23 AM

Awesome piece!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 02-18-2009 05:43 AM

What a delicate, delightful work of art! Exquisite!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 02-18-2009 03:25 PM

Thanks for all of the kind words-

Scotsman- I don’t mind you mentioning your opinion. I was trying to fit the entire box inside a golden rectangle, but in looking at it again, I think I may have transposed some numbers somewhere. I agree that the finial should be shorter, since I must have misread the dimensions on my calipers incorrectly.

Golden ratio “phi” is a formula that turns up in nature, architecture, and all over the place. It is approximately 2/3 (little less) of the large proportion. Let’s say that the box is 3” wide. The golden ratio would prescribe that the height is either 2” or 4.5” to fit inside of a golden rectangle. If I pick the 2”x3” box, I need my finial to be 2.5” to fit in a 4.5”x3” golden rectangle. If my box is 4.5”x3, I now want the lid to be either 1/3 or 2/3 of the 4.5” to maintain the golden ratio…

My box is roughly 3×4”, and the lid and the box are about the same height 2”. There is an internal finial on the lid, which I probably added to some calculation and messed up my numbers. The internal finial is a counter balance to help keep the lid in place and it also adds a nice little surprise.

Thanks for all of the praise and such. I have another one in development, and I’ll post when it is finished.

-- Steven

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#15 posted 02-19-2009 06:15 PM

I posted a close-up picture of the finial off of the box. The underside “finial” is another piece of cherry burl that was added to help counter balance the weight of the upper piece. The finial “sits” nicely and behaves itself. No indication that it is a loose fit.

-- Steven

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