A collection of boxes

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Project by ejv posted 04-07-2009 09:36 PM 3280 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pictures are representative boxes which are designed and built with simple lines and form so that the natural beauty of the wood is the focus, not the box.  The boxes feature combinations of domestic and exotic woods chosen for their beauty and uniqueness.  The woods are finished in their natural state and hand rubbed to bring out the figure and color.  The pictured boxes are 9×5 x 3 and hinged using barbed kerf hinges. I also build larger versions of the same form, as well as, lift lid boxes that are sold through a number of venues.

The pictured boxes are Sappy Walnut with Walnut Burl, African Mahogany with Pomelle Sapele, Black Walnut with Curly Cherry, Bloodwood with Quilted Big leaf Maple, and Wenge with Zebrawood.

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#1 posted 04-07-2009 10:14 PM

Very nice boxes.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-07-2009 11:08 PM

Nice boxes and beautiful choice of figured woods.
What finish are you using?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 04-07-2009 11:09 PM

Excellent job! The contrasting tops look great.

-- Kirk H. --

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Roger Gaborski

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#4 posted 04-07-2009 11:10 PM

Eric, the boxes are very nice – what type of finish do you apply?

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#5 posted 04-08-2009 12:45 AM

Nice set of boxes…. The woods are beautiful…. I just made a 5”X10” one myself… I”ll post it soon… Good luck and thanks for sharing…


-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-08-2009 01:36 AM

Nice looking boxes!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-08-2009 01:57 AM

Nice collection with some really nice wood.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-08-2009 05:13 AM

Very very nice boxes.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 04-08-2009 11:19 AM

You’ve certainly acheived the objective – let the wood do the talking.
Nicely proportioned boxes.

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#10 posted 04-08-2009 03:07 PM

Great looking boxes.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#11 posted 04-09-2009 01:31 AM

Very well done.. who can’t love wood when it looks like this..

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#12 posted 04-10-2009 03:39 AM

excellent posting .. keep the projects coming

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 04-11-2009 04:42 PM

I greatly appreciate all of your comments. I will be posting other collections as soon as I can find the time.

Roger, I use a couple of finishes depending on the nature of the wood. I am pretty old-school in that regard. I work with numerous exotics that are oily and I’ll generally finish those woods with a wipe down of acetone, a base coat of shellac, followed by multiple coats of Tung Oil buffed to the desired sheen. For most others, I use a varnish. I’ve been very happy with with arm-r-seal oil and urethane topcoat from General Finishes. It levels well, buffs to whatever sheen I desire, and doesn’t yellow as much as others. For light woods though, I will use tung oil. I have found those finishes to be best for what I try to achieve, which is to bring out the natural beauty of the wood itself.

Thanks again for all of the comments.


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#14 posted 04-18-2009 09:37 PM

Superb collecion!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 04-30-2010 04:59 AM

very nice boxes.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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