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Project by Tooch posted 05-18-2018 02:52 PM 1434 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m super happy to be able to post this, mostly because Lj Boxguy has been on my case for some time now about using mitered corners and splines on one of my wine boxes.

I was actually commissioned by my sister to build this box for her friends Andy and Nomin. She worked with a couple that got married last year, and although this may be a year late (my bad) it will make a good anniversary present! Nomin is from China, hence the symbol of double happiness which is defined by Google as “traditional ornament design, commonly used as a decoration and symbol of marriage”.

The box itself is made from Ambrosia Maple with Walnut splines. I took extra care when cutting the piece to add a “waterfall” effect and wrap the grain around 3 of the corners. The rings carved out on the front have become a staple for these builds, and I think it adds just enough to make it unique. I kicked the tires on the idea of adding scrollwork on either side, but I think that would just junk it up. I could not find the standard 1/4” maple plywood that I normally use on my boxes, so I was forced into using Birch against my better judgement. So if the top looks a little darker than the rest of the box… that is why.

Thanks for looking, As always comments/suggestions/complaints welcome and questions will be responded to!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-18-2018 03:27 PM

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. Love the splines. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 03:50 PM

Beautiful box with some nice looking splines. I’m always drawn to your lettering; it adds so much class to your work. I Can’t wait to read what Al has to say about your splines!

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

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 03:50 PM

So many details! Well done!

Is the bottom of the box done the same way as the top?

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#4 posted 05-18-2018 03:53 PM

such a lovely gift for newlywed’s ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 04:43 PM

Thanks Hoss and Tony, I appreciate the compliments!

Tony C It’s always a tough call when engraving things, when to add stuff and when to leave things off…. I try to keep it classy!

Torus The bottom is also just 1/4” plywood inside of a dado, which is just like the top. There is nothing engraved on the bottom, tho :-P

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 05-18-2018 04:47 PM

Avery pretty box. It will be treasured for a long time.

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

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#7 posted 05-18-2018 06:59 PM

You did a nice job on this box. It’s very nice.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 05-18-2018 07:19 PM

Tooch, hooray, who-rah for splines! Your carvings and lettering are beautify done. You have really mastered that art. Your splines are done to perfection. I hope you didn’t make them so tight you had to pound them in this time. Let the glue work. It looks like you have completely mastered that process too. The varied depth is a nice touch.

Thanks for the mention. You have done a great job as usual and this is a loving gift to be treasured. It is a wonder you can do any boxes with all the construction going on at your home.

Keep splineing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-18-2018 07:37 PM

Awesome and clean job -nice signs!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-18-2018 08:57 PM

awesome job-I really like how you were able to wrap the grain.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 05-18-2018 09:22 PM

As soon as I saw the WITH SPLINES comment I just knew Big Al would be onto that! Sure enough not only was he there he beat me to the reply!

I also have an outstanding task to build a box with splines, maybe today I should make a start!

Its not going to be anywhere near as fancy as yours Tooch but I will do my best. (And I am not rebuilding my house at the same time)

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 05-18-2018 09:48 PM

Beautiful box, Mike!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-19-2018 12:45 AM

Awesome box. I love Ambrosia Maple. I just made a wine box from the same. Such a beautiful wood in its natural state.


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#14 posted 05-19-2018 03:08 AM

Great wine box. You may have just caught spline fever.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 05-19-2018 08:20 AM

Great work! Others have remarked on the splines but they’re worth another shout-out; your idea of using splines of decreasing thickness is very cool, really adds interest. Might steal that one!

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