The sycamore box

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Project by dclark1943 posted 02-22-2017 03:14 PM 2320 views 15 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this box while surfing recently and liked the look of it, so when a nice piece of sycamore showed up in the shop, I decided to see what I could do. The body of the box is 10” long, 3” hi and 6” front to back. The ends were ebonized with India ink, and the body of the box was dyed with trans tint orange and reddish brown. The finish was lacquer; seven coats. rubbed out with fine steel wool and paste wax. Hinges are Brusso butt hinges, and bottom liner is black butter suede. The top is curved front to back, and the underside of the cover is recessed 1/4 ”. A simple box to build, it did have a few challenges due to the curves. Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 02-22-2017 03:59 PM

Very nice box

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 02-22-2017 05:43 PM

Nice. I love the dye colors. I’m going to have to learn to do that someday.

-- tel

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#3 posted 02-22-2017 07:04 PM

Nice one David.
Funny thing … we boatbuilders do curves fine but we’re challenged by straight lines. :-)
Very pretty box.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 02-22-2017 07:57 PM

Very impressive, clean work and the color combo is outstanding.

Thanks for posting.

-- Dale

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#5 posted 02-22-2017 09:01 PM

The curves are awesome 8^)

I can’t see anything I would change, shape, colors, wood, everything just blends!

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#6 posted 02-22-2017 09:54 PM

This is a beautiful box. I especially like the finish

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#7 posted 02-22-2017 10:19 PM

Thank you to everyone for the nice words. I certainly enjoyed the build!

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#8 posted 02-22-2017 11:22 PM

very nice looking box

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 02-23-2017 12:21 AM

Very elegant Dave. Really nice one

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 02-23-2017 01:47 AM

The finish is beautiful.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#11 posted 02-23-2017 02:37 AM

Did you find this on Woodsmith?
I think they made it on the show.

Great job.

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#12 posted 02-23-2017 03:50 AM

great work on this one! very nice wood grain showing through the finish.

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 02-23-2017 04:25 AM

Beautiful! I love the lines in sycamore, like tiger stripes at times!

-- Robbie, Wett Woods China

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#14 posted 02-23-2017 05:31 AM

beautiful and elegant box, what color dye did you use its so rich and uniformed.

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#15 posted 02-23-2017 06:09 AM

A very handsome box. The curved lid just makes it a standout from a flat lidded box and the finish looks incredible. A stylish design that hopefully stays in my memory bank.


-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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