Cutlery Canteen in Birdseye Maple

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Project by Rob posted 08-24-2007 11:29 AM 2202 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a present for my wife’s birthday. The timber is Birdseye Maple and the splines and hinges are Australian Red Cedar. The finish is Scandinavian Oil, friction sealed to 4000g. Final finish was wax (2 coats).
This box is taken directly form a book entitled ”Making Heirloom boxes”, by Peter Lloyd. His designs are simple and take full advatage of the beauty of the timber, doing little to interfere with the timber’s character. I have made several variations of patterns from this book.




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#1 posted 08-24-2007 11:35 AM

It’s lovely. great lid opening design.

this sure makes it extra special to bring out the silverware!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 08-24-2007 12:39 PM

wounderful box I should show my wife, then she will ask me for one then I will have a reason to get in the shop and start working again. But I am big on the contrasting color like you have here, all in all a very stunning piece.

-- Jeff B.

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#3 posted 08-24-2007 02:07 PM

”His designs are simple and take full advatage of the beauty of the timber, doing little to interfere with the timber’s character.- Rob

That’s a great philosophy. Let the beauty of the wood be the prominent thing, not the ingenuity of the craftsman.

Beautiful box.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 08-24-2007 02:51 PM

Rob, Mate I just love this small wooden box! Looking forward to seeing some in person.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 08-24-2007 02:51 PM


-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 08-24-2007 04:54 PM

Very nice. I rarely purchase wood and exclusively use wood that I have milled myself and am jealous when I see projects like this with beautiful material that I just don’t have.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 08-24-2007 07:01 PM

Beuatiful job Rob!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-25-2007 03:05 AM

great looking piece. what did you use to finish out the inside?

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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#9 posted 08-25-2007 03:38 AM

Beautiful choice of wood and great craftsmanship. A real gem Rob. I’d like to know more about how you finished the inside also. Thanks for sharing this beaut with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 08-25-2007 06:18 AM

Beautiful box Rob – the Maple is spectacular as well as the craftsmanship. Looks like you got Don’s attention – he hit the enter button twice :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 08-26-2007 11:58 AM

The box was finished inside and out with Scandinavian oil, as described in the Red Gum box project. The insert for the cutlery came with the cutlery set, but using a Forstner bit (hole cutter) on the drill press would give you the grooves you need in a piece of ply to hold the knives and forks. The base is 4mm ply.




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