Oak and Becote Splined Box

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Project by MrWolfe posted 06-04-2018 07:07 PM 1403 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an oak and becote splined box with mitered corners that has a lift off lid. I have been trying out different joints and methods of attaching lids in small boxes. I intend to build a few of these as I like the overall design. A bit hard to see in the first pic but I used the contrasting wood in the splines on both the box and the lid. There is a slight angle to the sides of the box (wedge with my bandsaw and then the sander).
It was a fun build.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-04-2018 10:41 PM

Is that purpleheart on the top?

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#2 posted 06-04-2018 11:36 PM

Very nice indeed.

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#3 posted 06-05-2018 01:19 AM

Thanks for the comments…
Greg, its a trick of the light or a strange glare. The frame of the lid and the handle are becote. It looks a little more purple in the pic than in real life. Its a dark brown with black streaks in the grain.

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#4 posted 06-05-2018 02:31 AM

That Becote sure looks like Purple Heart, either way the contrast of the two woods looks great, makes for a very nice looking lid. I like the soft conners with contrasting splines too. Just makes for a great looking box. Who ever gets your box is going to love her. Thanks for inspiring

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#5 posted 06-05-2018 03:23 AM

Nice box. I agree choosing the lid style is sometimes the hardest part of making a nice box. A defualt to lift off, as long as it isn’t sloppy is one of my go to choices. I appreciate the angle of the sides.

I also had some confusion on the color of the Bocote?

I wondered if you had gotten your Bo woods confused, this is BOIS DE ROSE

I figured either a light source at the scene of your pic, or you forgot to say something about dye if it was Bocote

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#6 posted 06-05-2018 03:24 AM

Nice looking box, the splines really set it off.

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#7 posted 06-05-2018 03:33 AM

That Boise De Rose is a beautiful wood.
It is a light source issue. I used the same becote for the mitered frame of the lid and for the triangular “knob” at the top. They are identical in color but even in the pic they look like two different types of wood. I used Tung oil to finish the wood, no dyes or stains.

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#8 posted 06-05-2018 06:31 AM

Very good looking box, color and the flowing sides with splines are very unique!

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#9 posted 06-05-2018 10:45 PM

Simple and interesting. Well done!

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#10 posted 06-05-2018 11:09 PM

Mr. W, I like the look. The slanted sides, fitted splines, rounded corners, and careful joinery all combine to give this box a soft, flowing look. Nice work.

An easy way to remove burn marks on a rounded edge is to wrap your sandpaper around a dowel that is about the size of the curve. It just takes a few strokes with 150 grit and then some smoothing with finer grits.

I especially like the fit of the top and the lift. Looks like you have caught spline fever. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#11 posted 06-06-2018 04:35 PM

Thanks everyone,
I had a lot of fun with this one. Big Al, thanks for the sanding tips for rounded edges.

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#12 posted 07-17-2018 06:25 AM

The contrast in colours is really lovely and I love the little embellishment for the handle. It would make a really lovely jewellery storage box for a lovely lady in your life perhaps? I would really imagine that there would be a number of people willing to pay for this kind of handiwork if you’re not already selling the stuff that you make. Keep it up! I’m really looking forward to your next piece!

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