Necklace display box from Koa

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Project by sras posted 11-28-2010 12:43 AM 6291 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This display box was created as a gift to display a necklace. The story of the wood is posted as a blog entry here . A blog entry on the creation of this box is posted here .

Picture 1 shows the closed box. The lid has beveled glass. The center medaillion creates a lip to place the necklace over. Reminds me of a rising sun (or setting – depending on which side of the island you are). It took some effort to create a support that would allow the necklace to span both the width and height of the box.

Picture 2 shows the mahogany splines used to reinforce and decorate the corners.

Picture 3 is a close up of the solid brass hinges.

Picture 4 shows the hinge detail. Notice how I had to make the box side of the hinge narrower to fit the width of the box walls. The pocket on the door side left a strip of wood narrower than 1/16 inch. Very tricky to cut the pocket without blowing out the side! I also used oversized screws. The glass ends up being kind of heavy and I wanted some extra holding power from the larger screws.

Picture 5 give a better view of the support block. Still kind of hard to see as the support and back are both covered in black velvet.

Finally, Picture 6 shows a close up of the brass latch.

This was a fun project and a pleasure to give away. The necklace ended up being a little too high by less than 1/8 of an inch. I forgot to allow for the thickness of the velvet! No one will ever know …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 01:01 AM

Super project Steve. I love the KOA.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 01:25 AM

Thanks Toolz – I have to admit I had not paid much attention to Koa unitl I went to Hawaii. It is a fascinating wood!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 01:28 AM

nice work steve

beautiful wood

ahh ….......
there seems to be
some spirit in there
taking pictures
of us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 01:52 AM

He he – at least he has a decent camera!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 03:31 AM

Cool Steve. Sure didn’t take you long to get into the “big box o’ Koa” We’ll be looking forward to more as your plans Koalesce.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 05:12 AM

Nice pun Paul! These two blog posts are a bit of a time warp. Although I finished the piece jsut over a month ago so that is not too bad of a delay ;) I have intentions for the next piece, but I need to work through the design and then the construction.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 06:47 AM

Nicely done! I like how you held the glass in the door frame.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 07:08 AM

Thanks Jim! Nice to hear from you – The retainers took a while to figure out. I had limited space and had to use #2×3/8 screws.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 07:18 AM

Nice project…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 12:46 PM

Very nicely done with lots of fine details Steve. A thoughtful and I’m sure well received gift. I have run into the problem of too wide hinges myself and it never occurred to me to simply reduce their width. I hate to admit this on a public forum, but I wanted you to know that the tip is well appreciated.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 06:06 PM

Thanks Mike! Between the deeper countersinks and the reduced width, I pushed the hinge mods about as far as I could. I could have bought smaller hinges, but with the weight of the door, I really wanted the larger hinge.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 11-28-2010 06:59 PM

Steve that’s a neat way to hold in the glass I not seen that before, something else I learned today

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 11-28-2010 09:19 PM

Hi Trevor,

That’s the second comment on the retainer, so I guess I’ll add a little more detail. The retainer was borne out of necessity. I had only 1/2 inch of wood to work with for the door thickness. The there is a bevel of 1/8 inch and another 1/16 of wood to the glass. The glass took up about another 0.1 inches. That left only 0.07” for a retainer. I wanted to use the koa but have the retainer not visible from the outside. The retainer sits about 1/16 inside the edge of the door and has a bevel on it leaving only about 1/32” short of a sharp edge.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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