Leaf Box

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Project by lanwater posted 12-07-2010 08:51 PM 5384 views 7 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was designed by Blake:
For detail on building the box (better box) look at the link above.

I wanted to experiment with showing more of the grain on the side of the box. I opted for glueing 4 maple pieces and made the cut on the bansaw with the edges of the boards up. Well it does show the grain better but it also produces 4 vertical lines. The lines are accentuate here due to the color of titebondIII that cure brown. TitebondII would have been better but TBIII is the only thing I had on hand.

I also decided to “spray” some suede on the inside against the advised of my wife. I regret that.

The leaf on the top is made of 4 pieces of zebra wood. The zebra wood I bought was narrow, so I glued up 4 piece with the strip in the middle and recut it to shape on the bandsaw.

Sanded all to the right shape with the rigid sander.

It was a fun box to make.

Wood used: Maple, Zebra wood, Walnut and unknow (pine?) for the stip on the lid.

Please feel free to critisize that’s how I will learn.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 09:12 PM

Wauuu Ian that one really beautiful box you have made.
Love the creative use of the Zebrano.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 09:16 PM

I’m with Mads on this one nice box nice lid

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

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 09:17 PM

Very nice box, Lan. Don’t worry about the spray on suede, we all make mistakes.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 09:22 PM

Hello lanwater

This is a beautiful box

Nicely done
A pretty box to make pleasure

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 09:30 PM

Ian great selection of woods they work together nicely.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 09:53 PM

Ian that is a nice box, the use of the Zebrano like that shows a natural flow.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 10:45 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

BritBoxmaker: I do tons of mistake. 90% of my projects are for learning technics and most end up recycled.

The interior of this boxed looked much better bare and really did not need anything. I did have a small glue squeeze out on the inside bottom I could not get rid of, thus the decision to cover with suede.
Of course that was my first time to use this product ( and did not experiment on a scrap piece. On the top of that I used a cheap louzy masking tape and the black colored glue found it’s way in place not intended.

Thanks again!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 12-07-2010 11:08 PM

Beautiful design and execution!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 12-07-2010 11:17 PM

hi very nice box love the shape and the lid . they zebra wood looks fantastic
would love to get my hands some of that zebra wood
never seen it for sale here in Ireland

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#10 posted 12-07-2010 11:36 PM

What a very cool and beautiful box. I always love the ones that don’t fit into what most feel a box should be. The top is phenomenal and honestly something I would love to try in the future.

Ohhhh and on the glue squeeze out. I always line the edges with masking take to save me a lot of clean up head ache. It’s not a perfect fix, but I find it much easier to clean up. lol…. I learned the hard way on that one….lol

Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 12:25 AM

Very nice work! After seeing Blake’s original box, I bought some nice curly maple and zebrawood to try my own. Your box has inspired me to get started on it!

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#12 posted 12-08-2010 12:36 AM

Very nice box.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#13 posted 12-08-2010 02:17 AM

Charlie: Thank you! Did you change your icon back or is my brain playing tricks?

Branch: It is pretty expensive here and I do not see it always on the rack. I had to contend with a piece of 4”x48”.

Dan: I do that when I edge glue long board. On this one it is curvy and on the inside so I neglected that step. I do appreciate very much your comment, my whole purpose for posting is to get better. Tips like yours definitely contribute to my knowledge. Thank you!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 12-08-2010 02:17 AM

Lou1Bloom: Blake’s is a better box and more elegant; he definitely inspires me. He has a lot of projects that I admire. Mine is “get it done in few hours and see how it goes”. I really did not spend a lot of time on it. I would say about 4 to 5 hours total, excluding the glue drying time.

Eagle1: Thank you!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 12-08-2010 03:00 AM

Nice job on your box, Awesome top, beautiful zebra wood.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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