Scalloped-Lidded Boxes

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 05-14-2018 01:05 AM 1210 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was interested in this box that I saw on Woodsmith Shop (episode 1108) and I downloaded the plans. All of the hardware is hidden. The one created on the show was made of jatoba, a Brazilian hardwood. I researched the wood and it didn’t appeal to me. I went with cherry for the box and maple for the top. I wrapped the grain around the box. The pin hinges work well. The top is held in place with a magnetic “pop up” touch latch. The magnet holds it in place when closed. When you tap the front of the top it opens to allow access to the finger lifts allowing you to open the top fully (photo 4 and 5).

As I originally cut more scalloped strips than needed, I made two boxes. The first box measured 8 3/4” x 12 1/2” and 3 1/4” high. With the extra strips, I made a second box (photo 2), somewhat smaller than the first.

I masked off the top and sprayed the maple with several coats of lacquer, then a final coat of satin polyurethane to cut the gloss (I wanted to avoid discoloring the maple as much as possible). The box is sanded to 360 and finished with multiple coats of Minwax polyurethane, rubbing with gray scotch pads between coats. Then a buffed coat of wax.

Thanks for looking!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 05-14-2018 02:01 AM

Beautiful! Truly a work of art. Love the lid opener idea. Never saw that before. How did you “carve” the scallops in the lid? Did you bore big holes with a drillpress, cut the wood into strips and then glued the strips so they alternated the peaks and valleys? What ever you did it really turned out great. Selling it on Etsy?

-- Don, Silver City, If you always do what what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.

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#2 posted 05-14-2018 10:50 AM

Great job on this box! The amount of detail is incredible!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 05-14-2018 01:22 PM

Wow! This box is so beautifully done. It shows a lot of nice craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-14-2018 07:54 PM

Nice looking box Jerry! Good call on sealing that maple to keep the color light.

Occasionally the Woodsmithshop guys come up with some nice stuff, I liked these “box” episodes. The only thing I didn’t really like was that pop-up latch. The concept is great, it’s just having that big plastic thing sitting inside an otherwise pristine interior.

In the past for a different project, but with about the same dimensions, I used the guts from a rather robust click-top writing pen. I embedded the necessary parts in a hole drilled into the front side piece. The top was kept close by a magnet pair also embedded into the front. Pushing down would make the pen guts spring up allowing for the finger holds to be exposed. Pushing the lid down retracted the pen guts and the magnets took over keeping the lid closed.

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 01:30 AM

Jerry , 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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#6 posted 05-17-2018 01:11 AM

Very cool, good job!

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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