Topamax Challenge Complete

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 12-25-2009 08:45 PM 2426 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s Christmas day and I just finished this box for my friend. He is coming today around 2pm for a visit and I will give it to him then. This is the end of a fun challenge from topamaxsurvivor. He made a joking reference to a previous bamboo box I had made, and I took it as a challenge. The challenge was to match the grain up the sides, across the top, and then on the miter as well. If I did this it would have to travel up, then across, then turn, then travel across and down again. I think I did a pretty good job figuring it all out. In fact the hardest part I think was installing the brusso quadrant hinges. I didn’t have their little router template so I had to do all the layout myself. I have never installed this type of hinge before. Truth is, the lid is slightly off about 1/32nd. I’m not happy at all, but there’s no way to adjust it, and I’m very close to ruining the screws.
Anyhow, you can view the blog if you’d like at:

As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 09:06 PM

this is just outstanding !

your work is very inspirational ,

i’m sure he will be thrilled .

i’ve stayed away from those hinges myself ,
for just that reason .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 09:16 PM

topamaxsurviver deffently have to kneel with his hat in hands (and ofcourse put a picture of it here)
you did win the challenge and so did the rest of L J when you sharred this with us

thank you well done I like the inlay
merry chrismas from Denmark


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#3 posted 12-25-2009 09:27 PM

came out great – very cool inlay

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 09:37 PM

That is a great work of art.

Thank you for sharing and posting your progress as you went. I have never made a box but I will save this to refer back to when I get ready to try one.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 10:21 PM

What will Bob be having you try next…
Most Excellent…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 11:51 PM

Ok Keith, you wanted good and bad comments so here goes.

BAD- That is the crapiest looking box I have every seeen in my life.

GOOD- WOWWEEEEEEE you did an excellent fob of matching that grain up. It is absolutely fabulous. You had more patience then I think I would have.

NOW- IGNORE THE BAD COMMENTS…......................................LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#7 posted 12-26-2009 12:15 AM

Nice job Keith…I know your friend will love it.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#8 posted 12-26-2009 02:38 AM

That is unique and wonderful. You did such a great job on it.

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#9 posted 12-26-2009 04:04 AM

WOW, that is sooo original and sooo expertly done and sooo beautiful. Really special one of a kind, very impressed!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Joe or Murph

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#10 posted 12-26-2009 04:13 AM

Outstanding…nothing like a challenge to bring out the competitor in the woodworker. The box looks great.

By the way those hinges do @#$%!!..
Have to agree with Patron. I avoid using them as well, they gave me nightmares in the past>

-- J.G.Murphy

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#11 posted 12-26-2009 04:10 PM

Awsome job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 12-26-2009 04:18 PM

That is soooo cool !!!

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

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#13 posted 12-26-2009 08:21 PM

dude that is amazing!

-- Brian, Eternal Furniture & Design

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#14 posted 12-26-2009 09:27 PM

Absolutely AWESOME! I skated for 15 years so the inlay caught my attention and I’m glad it did! This whole piece is just amazing craftsmanship. But, I think you’re lying about the lid being off, you just don’t want us to know how perfect it actually is.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#15 posted 12-27-2009 01:12 AM

Out Damn standing Keith, Amazing for sure.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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