Pagoda Box

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Project by Joe posted 03-16-2018 10:27 PM 1884 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Besides the beautiful Ash and Walnut in this box, theres an interesting story behind the lid. I took a chance using a hand held RotoZip to shape the lid. I took a white pencil and marked diagonal lines crossing the rectangular lid from corner to corner. Outside I used my Black and Decker portable bench to secure the lid for shaping. Then with my RotoZip grinder attachment and a 60 grit disc, I began to shape each side. I moved slowly being careful not to take off to much until I reached the shape desired. It was noisy, dusty but fun. Then I hand sanded starting with 80 grit paper working my way up to 400 grit. I used 2 coats of Minwax Tung Oil Finish and 2 coats of Minwax Gloss Hand Rubber Finish. I new my wife was going to use the box daily so I wanted a tough finish.

Thanks for taking your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 10:37 PM

That’s a very nice looking box! I love the Pagoda design of it, and I really like the sapwood streak in the lid that matches the box—really ties the two together. I also like your use of the splines as accents!

I’m sure your wife will love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 03-16-2018 10:52 PM

Very nice box, I like the lid. Well done

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#3 posted 03-16-2018 11:10 PM

That is very cool. GREAT job! Thanks for sharing how you made the lid.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 03-16-2018 11:51 PM

The lid is beautiful. The box looks nicely done but, to me it doesn’t match the lid. I only say this because if you can make that lid, then you can certainly make a better match.

Or maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about.

-- Daniel P

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#5 posted 03-16-2018 11:53 PM

Wow what a great looking box! I also think it has a nice Pagoda look to it.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 03-17-2018 01:04 AM

Very nice! Good freehand work!

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#7 posted 03-17-2018 01:46 AM

Sweet work!
Mean Dean already said it but the sapwood in the is great… and I like the imperfections in the corner of the lid. Adds some character to a great design.

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#8 posted 03-17-2018 03:26 AM

Wow. Great box – you did such a wonderful job with the splines and that lid is really beautiful. The design and the walnut – well, definitely make this eye catching. Thanks for sharing the background of how you created it.

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#9 posted 03-17-2018 05:26 AM

Joe, this is a great box. The lid is a real work of art and a triumph of patience. What a nice look. As you often do, you bring out the true beauty in the wood by showing the imperfections that nature put there and realizing that imperfections can add beauty and don’t really diminish the beauty of your creations. This is very wabi-sabi. Here is a link that will explain the concept. Next time you carve one of these you might consider adding tapered legs to the corners of your box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 03-17-2018 04:24 PM

That s a very nice looking box! I love the Pagoda design of it, and I really like the sapwood streak in the lid that matches the box—really ties the two together. I also like your use of the splines as accents!

I m sure your wife will love it!

- Mean_Dean

I have to agree 100% with the neighbor!

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

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#11 posted 03-17-2018 09:02 PM

This box is such a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-17-2018 11:24 PM

Joe , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-19-2018 01:14 PM

Super design and craftsmanship!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 03-24-2018 11:46 AM

Great box!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#15 posted 03-28-2018 12:25 AM

I love that box! You do very nice work yourself Dan!

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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