"The Rising"

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Project by Triumph1 posted 05-31-2010 03:45 PM 5944 views 25 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, “The Rising” is the box that started my love for box making. It was the fist box I ever made. It all started over a couple drinks with a friend/coworker. He told me he wanted a box to hold his wifes family bible and he wanted me to design and build it for him. I don’t know if all of you remember the first time somebody acknowledged your skill and asked you to personally make them something (and they would pay you!)…but for me it was a moment I will always remember. Instantly my mind started filling with all these ideas and the design process for “The Rising” started right there on the spot. Little did I know this “filling of the head with ideas” would happen quite often:-)

The size of the family bible had a huge impact on how the box would be designed. I think it was somewhere around 14”x 10” x 4”. Being of such a large size I didn’t want to have a person reach into the box to pull out the bible (it was pretty heavy). Nor did I want them picking the box up and dumping the bible out. To solve this I designed a lifting mechanism that would allow the bible to “rise” out of the box by rotating two cam arms. In the down state the mechanism is only .75” thick. When actuated it will raise the bible 3.5” out of the box…easy to just grab with your hands. The mechanism is hidden under the lifting board to give the interior a clean look. Paduak runners, in the box sides, keep the lifting board running straight up and down.

The main components to the box are curly maple and paduak. The floating panel in the lid was a glue-up and I made the cross shape using a v-cut router bit. During this process I had purchased an Incra fence system…as you could probably tell with the double blind dovetail joint. The lifting mechanism was made from oak. I did want this to last so the yes the pins are wood dowels but I used nylon flange bearing so there wouldn’t be any wood-on-wood friction. The overall design of the exterior of “The Rising” was to have a very solid heavy shape. I wanted people to look at it and know there were not supposed to pick it up.

The name “The Rising” was natural on this one. As soon as I started to design the lifting mechanism the name flew into my head. I also thought it was very fitting knowing what its contents would be.

Ohhh…hinges are Brusso quadrant. I believe the overall size of “The Rising” was somewhere around 16” x 16” x 8”.

Finish on “The Rising” is tung oil followed by two buffing of BriWax.

Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Here is a link to the blog on the mechanism.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 03:52 PM

You work is always full of rich details. The great photography helps too.

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

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 03:55 PM

This is the sort of design, attention to detail, execution, and finish that I aspire to. You are one heck of a boxmaker, Jeff.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 04:00 PM

In my eyes, this is brilliantly designed and executed.

The wood works well together, providing a strong foundation on which to build the project. I love the legs, as well as the joints.

And the lifting mechanism, wow, I’d love to see a short video of that in-motion.

Multiple things here that I really like, from start to finish (and I do like the finish too)... favorited for future reference.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 04:04 PM

Love it, Ever heard the Springsteen Song “The Rising”? Huge fan of the Boss-and A huge fan of your boxes Jeff, Very cool to have pics of where ya started-I hope my skills someday compare to where you started!

-- Chris From Maryland, If it aint broke, You havent tried fixin it yet...

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 04:10 PM

This was your first?!! WOW!
I am in awe of your skill and craftsmanship.
This had to bring a tear to your friend’s ey.

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 04:14 PM


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 04:29 PM

Fantastic work and excelent craftsmanship ! I like the lift mechanism. Serves the purpose well.

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 04:31 PM

It may be your first box but it is obvious that it is not your first project. GREAT JOB and slick lifting device design.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#9 posted 05-31-2010 04:55 PM

I’m with bigfish. First box, but can’t possibly be first project. Not to mention you said, “the first time someone acknowleged your skill…” At any rate, this is just another fine piece of craftsmanship in a long line of your projects. Everything is first rate and executed beautifully.
I must say also though, this is your first failure. You said, “I wanted people to look at it and know they were not supposed to pick it up.” Man, I would be picking that thing up and rubbing and hugging and feeling and…
A seriously sweet box!! Awesome work as always Jeff!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 04:56 PM

Wow!! Great design and execution! Your friend must have been very happy with the box that you produced. I think it is a wonderful job you did.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 05:02 PM

Interesting foot design. As they say, It is more sweetier the second time around. I am eager to see the next.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 05:07 PM

How innovative! Good solution to a ponderous problem. Very skillfully done; thanks for sharing that.


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#13 posted 05-31-2010 05:12 PM

Jeff this a beautiful box that just screams class super details and most pleasant to the eye.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 05:23 PM

Great job Jeff…I’m sure your friends love it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#15 posted 05-31-2010 05:37 PM

I agree with A1Jim, it “screams class” ..................... all 1st Class and more!

This box is fantastic and the details and craftsmanship are just superb, top notch and “spot on” !
I love the classic design and the lift mechanism is very unique. Perfect for the purpose.
You are truly a “Master Boxmaker”.

Although I can see the mechanism itself, what makes it actually actuate? I don’t see anything attached to the lid??? It’s probably right there, I just can’t see it…........

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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