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Project by Dekker posted 11-29-2007 11:21 PM 4127 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes were made of lacewood (silky oak) with mitered joints and birch keys. The top is opened by pressing down on one end, which makes the other end flip up an inch.

Was a great learning experience, and the path is detailed in my blog

Yes, the miter joint is awful in the closeup (I would have shot a different corner if I had noticed at the time), but I’ll cover that up eventually ;) It’s one of the lessons I learned…

Many lessons learned, and I am only disappointed that winter came too soon, since I have to shelve my woodworking until spring!

-- Dekker -

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#1 posted 11-29-2007 11:27 PM

Very pretty, Dekker! Don’t feel bad about the miter. Part of being a Lumberjock is learning how to photograph your project from the most complimentary angle. ;-)

I’m glad I live down south. It’s actually more comfortable in my shop in the winter.

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

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#2 posted 11-29-2007 11:29 PM

I wonder which is quicker… Re-shooting, or just re-touching the photo? :P

-- Dekker -

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#3 posted 11-29-2007 11:37 PM

That’s beautiful variety of wood Dekker. In picture #2 is looks to have a ‘bobbly’ surface. I like the lid idea; something I’ve never done – but I’m sure I will. For the last few days, I’ve had around 4kW of heating on in my little ‘shop plus four layers of clothing!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 11-29-2007 11:49 PM

Actually, that “bobbly” surface is what lacewood naturally looks like. It even has a bit of chatoyance when you look at it from different angles, kinda like a 3-d effect.

-- Dekker -

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 12:52 AM

WOW very nice looking wood. I have never worked with any lacewood. Did you have any problem planing or sanding it? Nice job!!

-- Mike

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#6 posted 11-30-2007 01:05 AM

Great Box! I especially like the lid release you described.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 11-30-2007 01:28 AM

Interesting method for opening the box! Nice looking wood and blog of the construction.

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#8 posted 11-30-2007 05:24 AM

Wow, there are some terrific pieces posted on the site this eve and this is certainly one of them. Beautiful work and good blog Dek. Thanks so much for posting all of this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 11-30-2007 05:32 AM

Did anyone besides me see the wooden box with the combination lock in the movie “davinci code”? Not sure if it was real…but it was cool!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 11-30-2007 10:11 AM

Like the box, like the wood, like the lid and like the splines – great project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 10:38 AM

If we never made mistakes we would never learn anything. That’s why I make sure each project I do has at least one mistake in it. (Ha Ha)

The box looks great. I enjoyed following the process.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 01-02-2008 02:49 PM

Your boxes are beautiful.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 05-07-2008 07:18 PM

Dekker, this is a beautiful box. I have some lacewood veneer that I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with, but I think I’m going to have to look for a board of this. I don’t know what your fix was going to be for your corners, but for gaps that small you can sand the piece with wet/dry sandpaper and an oil finish and it will fill in those little gaps.

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#14 posted 09-08-2008 06:41 PM

Would you mind posting what finish you used? It really brings out the color. Nice work.

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#15 posted 09-10-2008 05:08 PM

The finish on these boxes was 100% pure tung oil (from Lee Valley I believe). Wipe on, wipe off, repeat 3-4 times on a daily schedule. Let sit for about a month for the Tung to “cure” and the smell to fade. I love the feel and effect of tung oil, but it does have its detractors (smell, primarily). If you intend on giving it away soon, consider a different finish…

-- Dekker -

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