The last of the box binge, quilted maple

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Project by splintergroup posted 01-08-2017 02:42 PM 12146 views 24 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went on a bit of a bender making these boxes the last few weeks! While waiting for something to dry (usually the finish), I’d begin cutting parts for another one. A viscious circle!

Slight changes from before.

The basics

Dimensions (interior) are 6” x 8” x 2-3/4”, wood is 1/2”. Frame/panel construction for the top and tenoning jig cut finger joints for the box corners. The base uses half lap joinery.

The wood

The top uses a curly maple veneer. I had bought a package of this wood almost a year ago for about $50. The exact same item is now about $75 (ouch!)

The dark wood is Ipe, very straight grained Ipe. A recluse neighbor passed away about 18 months ago and another neighbor bought the house and land. The garage and sheds were packed floor to rafters with “stuff”. Many strange things! Anyway, he gave me some pieces of wood he found, one of which was a dense block about 14” x 4” x 5” with the word “american Mink” imprinted on the side. Fellow LJs helped me identify it as Ipe.

Very nice straight grain on all faces (wood like this does’t exactly grow on trees).

The box sides are jatoba. I got a few 2”x 3/4” x 24” pieces of this from the same source, maybe some kind of easel? I liked the wood and when I saw Lumber Liquidators had “Brazilian Cherry” (jatoba) solid wood flooring on sale, I went ahead and bought a bundle of 24 square feet.
Nice wood! 18” – 72” strips, 3” wide after trimming away the tongue/groove, and 5/8” thick after milling away the grooves on the bottom. Worked out to just under $4 bf. I had just missed out on 3 bundles of leftover teak for even less….

Back to the box

The top miters are splined with maple, corners are pinned with round head copper rivets.

These rivets should turn a nicer brown as they age. Plenty long enough to strengthen the joints and cheap too 8^)
I scored the sides and used epoxy to secure them. A #30 bit made for a perfect slip fit.

You can see the top has a taper on the underside that allows for it to lean back a few degrees when opened (rivet heads act as stops)

The interior has mega ring storage in the bottom. I always shuttered at the price of ring inserts so I made my own. (anyone know a cheap source?). The top tray uses jatoba (3rd and 4th intro pictures).

The base piece has half lap joints and simple 2” square “pads” for feet.

Thanks to all for commenting on these binge-induced boxes I’ve been making!

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#1 posted 01-08-2017 03:18 PM

beautiful box

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 03:48 PM

Splintergroup, Wow! I really like the design and execution of this project; the Green and Green inspiration works. Your material choices are excellent… Very nice job. As a matter of fact, I like it so much that I am wondering if you you’ed share your plans for this project with me? If not, understand… very nice job!

-- Brian in Texas

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 03:53 PM

Thanks David, Brian!

Splintergroup, Wow! I really like the design and execution of this project; the Green and Green inspiration works. Your material choices are excellent… Very nice job. As a matter of fact, I like it so much that I am wondering if you you ed share your plans for this project with me? If not, understand… very nice job!

- DnD

I’d be glad to!

It’ll take a few days to get to it, but I’ll get out a pdf of the plans. Thanks for the interest!

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 05:38 PM

Stunning! From the figure in that veneer to the details of joinery – and those copper studs are the perfect finishing touch. AND you fixed the one feature that (in my opinion) is often underserved in jewelry boxes – more space for rings – you devoted an entire try to rings – I LOVE THAT! (I used to work in a jewelry store, we were expected to purchase and wear the styles that we sold – while the female employees had a wide variety of rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pins that they could wear, men were limited to rings and cufflinks. Can’t see a neck chain under a suit and tie, and bracelets were always covered by cuffs so I have a variety of rings and cufflinks which fit into ring holders in jewelry boxes.)

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 05:43 PM

I absolutely love all the rich detail you have put into ths. The craftsmanship is top flight as is the design. 5 stars. You might consider doing a tutorial on the ring inserts, enquiring minds want to know! Beautiful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 01-08-2017 06:17 PM

Incredible, wow such detail and great choice of wood!

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#7 posted 01-08-2017 10:41 PM

Splint, I have run out of superlatives to describe your work. I agree with Jerry, a tutorial would be much appreciated; I love learning from masters. :)

-- Art

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#8 posted 01-08-2017 11:36 PM

Thanks Leaf and Eugt!

Jerry, Art, you guys are too kind!

I did plan on a writeup on the ring inserts. I thought I had a sure-fire way to mass produce them, but it proved difficult (but I learned things!)

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 12:56 AM

Beautiful work…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. (They hate it when you do that).

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#10 posted 01-09-2017 01:04 AM

I really love this box, it is just beautiful!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 01-09-2017 02:13 AM

Really appreciate all the details and explanation of the steps ypu took. Very nice looking outcome with the different types of wood. Projects like this are really inspiring and one of a reasons why LJ is such a great resource.

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#12 posted 01-09-2017 03:32 AM

Very Nice!Beautiful work

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 01-09-2017 12:12 PM

Bruce, nice work…Lovely woods, beautiful finish, clever design, excellent craftsmanship, innovative decorative touches. The subtle chamfering, rivets, and feet are especially well done. There is lots to like in this box.

You might check here for cheaper inserts. These are liners for jewelry trays. I cut them to size using my miter gauge on the table saw. By putting the cardboard side up and squishing them a bit with a push-stick as I run them across the blade, I get clean cuts. The felt will get dusty, but will clean up quickly with the compressor and air.

It also helps to oversize the foam insert for your box and cut just the cardboard backing away from the edges by setting your blade just high enough to score the cardboard. That way you can compress the ring holders as you insert them and get a good tight fit on the sides.

I find that it is easier to make sliding trays that are just a little smaller than the box. This allows you to just put your hand inside the box and lift the tray out so you can get to the bottom layer. You don’t need handles.

You have created a wonderful, innovative box. Thanks for sharing it with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 01-09-2017 02:23 PM

This is a beautiful box and I love the design, fit and finish, and the craftsmanship. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 01-09-2017 05:05 PM

I like that corner joinery. This top veneer pattern looks unreal with those vawes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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