Oak and Mesquite Box with Organic Shaped Lid

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Project by MrWolfe posted 03-13-2018 05:03 PM 2136 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first boxes I made a few years ago. I did a series trying different joinery methods. This one is one example of the dovetails I made. I used oak and mesquite. I confess, I used a jig for the dovetails and have since moved on to handwork. I will post some of the hand cut dovetails I’ve made when I finish the new boxes.

The lid is a glue up of three different mesquite pieces with curves floating in a mitered frame. The handmade hinges are made of Lignum Vitae. I used thin strips of maple and walnut as accents in the mitered joints. I used some of the wormy mesquite because it adds an interesting detail to the lid. I shaped the boards to emphasize some flowing organic shapes in the profile of the lid and the “handle” on top is really a knob for opening the box. I used tung oil to finish the box as I really wanted to showcase the natural tones of the woods.

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 07:43 PM

Nicely conceived and done!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 08:19 PM

This is a good looking box and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 08:31 PM

Very nice

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#4 posted 03-14-2018 01:43 AM

Beautiful looking box.

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#5 posted 03-14-2018 02:42 PM

Thank you for the kind words. This box is a user and I’m really happy with how well it’s held up… Especially the wooden hinges.

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