Pawed, Canted Box with an Attic

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 09-14-2018 10:42 AM 1734 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Name: Pawed, Canted Box with an Attic

I made this one as a gift for a recently retired friend of mine. We worked together for more than 25 years, often having breakfast together to start the day. I’ll miss the work partnership, friendship and woodworking discussions. He prefers a radial arm saw and has some good points regarding its versatility. May he enjoy a long and happy retirement down there in Florida.

The pieces for the body and frames for top and bottom were cut from a single 2×8 (1 7/8×7 x 15”) plank as described in my previous projects. I milled these pieces along with those projects.

Size: 7 1/2 ” square, 5” high

  • Body – Oregon Maple
  • Top/Bottom – California Eucalyptus, fumed
  • Stand – Congo Wenge
  • Inlay – New Mexico Turquoise
  • Ceiling – Montana cowhide leather
  • Attic floor – Suede-Tex
  • Attic kickstands – Vegetable Ivory, Tagua Nut
  • Brass pins and NI plated Neodymium magnets
  • Rubio Monocoat Pure Oil Plus 2C, Zero VOC
  • Renaissance Wax

Attic Access: Not exactly a hidden compartment, but a great place to store some flat treasures.

Cutaway view (or before the leather ceiling was added)

Attic floor is leather hinged, flocked and has ivory (tagua nut) flip out stops. These turned out to be superfluous in the end because the tray retainers provided same function by accident, but I like the experience of making them. Tagua nut is fun.

About the stand and cant: the top has 95 degree stop provided by the hinges and the lid section is heavy. The tipping point for the box turned out to be around 105 degrees while empty, due to the heavy top. So, I added an integrated stand that tilts the box forward seven degrees and increases the base of support. I thought all paws should face forward. What do you think?

Turquoise inlays really glowed for this picture:

About the finish and Rubio Monocoat: This was my first time with it. Maybe I did not do it right. I did not use the accelerant. I know it says that one coat is enough, but I was not satisfied. It seemed dull and thin. I let it cure for 21 days, sanded 220, applied another coat (and 21 more days to cure) to find the look and feel I sought. Lastly, I applied three coats of Renaissance.

Comments welcome!

-- MrLaughingbrook

9 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 09-14-2018 11:16 AM

Good looking box. Your friend will cherish it, I’m sure.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 09-14-2018 11:17 AM

I like it.

The 7 deg tilt forward from the “stand” is a novel and interesting approach to solve the box being tippy when the lid is open. It also makes an intriguing design element that makes the viewer look closer to figure out what’s different about this box compared to others.

The wooden hinges are a really nice touch as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 09-14-2018 11:27 AM

Wonderful execution and good looking box!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#4 posted 09-14-2018 11:55 AM


-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 09-14-2018 01:06 PM

this is a very cool box!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 09-14-2018 11:20 PM

That is really complex and interesting! Took me a minute to figure out the ‘attic’. At first I wasn’t sure what to think about the tilted legs but the more I look at it, they have purpose (a purpose I could have used a couple of years ago when I pitched a box because the lid was way too heavy – learning experience!). I do think I would like it more if the box were centered on the legs front to back – but that’s just me looking at the pictures. As always, like the hinges and latch!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#7 posted 09-15-2018 10:04 AM

Wooden hinges and dovetails are ’’the top’’. Nice colour of that inlay.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 09-16-2018 03:46 PM

Very nice Box!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Dan P

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#9 posted 09-21-2018 12:55 PM

That is a great box. Very well done

-- Daniel P

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