Pyramid Box/Container

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Project by Don Kondra posted 05-04-2015 02:58 AM 2523 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This build started a little differently than normal for me in that I started with one element and worked from there.

I had two 24” long wane edge cut-offs from a recent table build and thought they would make an interesting base for a box.

The 45-degree angle of the edges was a bit much so I reduced that to 30 and established a back straight edge for a reference point. Then mitered the corners and glued up with epoxy. This gave me three corners with a perfect grain match.

There was some mismatch so I cleaned that up with a die grinder and used a wire brush to introduce some texture.

At this point I made a full-size drawing and a foam core model of the carcass and top. I was originally going to veneer the pyramid top and mocked up how I was going to orient the grain.

Basically that looked like too much work so I decided to use solids…

By drawing the 1” rise I could measure the length of each triangle and create templates for the end and side pieces. The templates are visible on the left side of the image..

Resawed and glued up a board of birds eye maple. This is where my high school trigonometry failed me, I couldn’t figure out what the angle should be to glue the parts back together, sigh….

The parts were too small for me to safely cut the angles on the table saw without a sled. So instead, I set up a ramp on my disc sander and through trial and error determined the correct angle.

With all four parts taped together there was still a slight mismatch so I did the glue up in two stages, one side and one end each. Trued those long edges and did a final glue up.

The parts are 3/8” thick so I didn’t think they needed splines, etc.

To cut the angles on the carcass parts, I made a bed to attach to the SCMS and installed a horizontal hold down. I used that hold down to cut one angle and then flipped the parts and simply clamped them to the bed’s back fence to cut the other angle.

Turned and installed an ebony handle and feet….

Oil and post cat lacquer finish…

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#1 posted 05-04-2015 04:46 AM

i love the scratches in the bench

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#2 posted 05-04-2015 04:47 AM

Nice work Don

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 05-04-2015 01:30 PM

Beautiful and visually very interesting. Thank you for sharing to photos and your process.

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#4 posted 05-04-2015 04:36 PM

Beautiful design. Wood itself looks great. Great thing you put photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 08:22 PM

Great design elements. I love the base and how the top came together.

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 11:54 PM

That turned out very cool and unique but I have no clue how you got there!

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

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 12:04 AM

Great looking box—I love that wood combo!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 09:58 PM

Now that is Amazing. There as some real talanted box makers here and I’m betting we have another one added to the list. The look and lines of this really work. The lid is so different from what I normally see or think of. Great work! A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 05-10-2015 10:44 PM

Outta sight. I love it. Nice going and thanks for sharing- gives me ideas!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Don Kondra

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#10 posted 11-20-2015 11:52 AM

Thanks for the comments Everyone !

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#11 posted 11-20-2015 03:47 PM

Don, this is a creative design and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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