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Black Walnut Light Box Featuring A Beaded Stained Glass Church Window Tapestry

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Project by Ryan Nicholson posted 12-23-2017 01:13 AM 4276 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
I was commissioned by a bead artist to design and make a light box for a bead tapestry that featured a stained glass church window spilling light and color onto the snow outside.

I decided to use black walnut for the main part of the box and cherry accents on the inlay dovetails and on the tips of the tapestry rods.

I also accented the box on both sides of the light box with scroll sawn Gothic church windows, and I did all of the electrical work on the inside of the box.

I had a lot of fun doing this project and the client was very pleased.





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#1 posted 12-23-2017 02:35 AM

Really nice box and great beadwork.

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#2 posted 12-23-2017 05:30 AM

Beautiful! Nicely done!

-- Steve

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#3 posted 12-23-2017 08:36 AM

Beautiful display, Ryan! Do the tapestry rods slide out to gain access to the light? Is the protrusion on the back for a french-cleat-type hanger? The cherry and walnut pair up nicely for a lovely subtle contrast. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 11:02 AM

This is really cool Ryan. Beautiful work on the box and the whole this just looks stunning!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-23-2017 12:25 PM

Very sharp-looking display for the beaded tapestry. Nice work, Ryan!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-23-2017 01:38 PM

Great job, the dovetails and scroll work really blend well with the beaded tapestry. It looks like you created your own little Gothic Chapel. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 12-23-2017 03:26 PM

Ryan, this light box is an outstanding project and it shows a lot of fantastic details and wonderful craftsmanship. It’s a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 12-23-2017 05:58 PM



Ryan, this light box is an outstanding project and it shows a lot of fantastic details and wonderful craftsmanship. It s a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


HAW has it totally correct, again!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Ryan Nicholson

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#9 posted 12-23-2017 06:13 PM



Really nice box and great beadwork.

- Redoak49

Thanks RedOak49!

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Ryan Nicholson

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#10 posted 12-23-2017 06:14 PM



Beautiful! Nicely done!

- WeekendWoodworking

Thank WW!

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Ryan Nicholson

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#11 posted 12-23-2017 06:21 PM



Beautiful display, Ryan! Do the tapestry rods slide out to gain access to the light? Is the protrusion on the back for a french-cleat-type hanger? The cherry and walnut pair up nicely for a lovely subtle contrast. Thanks for sharing!

- CFrye

Thanks Candy!
The rods do slide out but the access is through the back panel which is held in place with 4 double roller catches in each of the corners. And no, the protrusion is just a knob. I made it extra large at the clients request.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#12 posted 12-23-2017 06:26 PM



This is really cool Ryan. Beautiful work on the box and the whole this just looks stunning!

- stefang

Thank you Mike!
Norway! I always enjoy watching live cameras on YouTube and a couple of my favorites are the live cams showing the Geiranger Fjord. I would love to see it in person.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#13 posted 12-23-2017 06:27 PM



Very sharp-looking display for the beaded tapestry. Nice work, Ryan!

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks so much, Dave!

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Ryan Nicholson

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#14 posted 12-23-2017 06:28 PM



Great job, the dovetails and scroll work really blend well with the beaded tapestry. It looks like you created your own little Gothic Chapel. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas.

- leafherder

Thanks and Merry Christmas to you too, Leafherder!

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Ryan Nicholson

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#15 posted 12-23-2017 06:29 PM



Ryan, this light box is an outstanding project and it shows a lot of fantastic details and wonderful craftsmanship. It s a real eye catcher.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Charles, Thanks very much for the kind words!

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