Curved lid box

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 01-17-2019 12:56 AM 1371 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I chose this plan from an old Woodsmith magazine because I thought the curved lid would look nice with some curly maple I had leftover.
This box is a relatively easy project except for the fact that I’ve been freestyling bandsaw boxes so much lately that my router table and dado blade have become foreign to me. I wasn’t enjoying the build process all that much because of it but I had a feeling that the maple and sapele were figured enough that if I hung in there it would be worth finishing.
The rounded top was hand planed and I used dowels to fasten the sapele sides. A coat of Danish oil and wax to finish.
My local wood supplier had sapele in the cut off bin so I picked up a few pieces ….I really like the look and workability of this wood. I think I’ll be incorporating it into some upcoming projects.

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#1 posted 01-17-2019 01:06 AM

Looking pretty sharp there, Tom! Nice work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-17-2019 01:47 AM

Beautiful choice of wood. Classic style. Congratulations.

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#3 posted 01-17-2019 03:01 AM

Really good looking, eye catcher
Love the design

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 01-17-2019 03:30 AM

That Sir is a really nice looking box. Great wood, both the figured Maple, and that bargain box Sapele. A lot of folks are hoping you live down the street, and therefore your wood supplier is local to them. At least I am.

Great box design, and execution, just darned nice overall.

Thanks for posting.

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#5 posted 01-17-2019 05:38 AM

I’d say that was definitely worth the effort!

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#6 posted 01-17-2019 06:49 AM

Well… that curved tip realy makes a difference… along with that nice contrasring sides. The wood itself looks magnificant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 01-17-2019 12:16 PM

Good looking box. The maple is striking and I like the minimalist look.

I wish I had a local supplier with sapele in the cutoff bin. I wish I had a local supplier that sells sapele.

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

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#8 posted 01-17-2019 12:24 PM

Tom, that’s a real nice piece of figured maple for this box! Nice job hand planing that curve. I love working with Sapele, too. I think it’s probably one of my favorites. Also like how you used the maple for the bottom of the box rather than a fabric lining, nice touch for this one! It turned out beautiful.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#9 posted 01-17-2019 02:18 PM

Beautiful box, love the lines and flow of it!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#10 posted 01-17-2019 02:26 PM

I love it Tom! It’s going on the list :-) So, no steam bending on the lid? Just start with a thicker piece and whittle away at it with a hand plane?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 01-17-2019 03:59 PM

Supper Box Tom nice work and beautiful wood choices.

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#12 posted 01-17-2019 11:40 PM

About 6 months ago my favorite wood supplier decided to retire and closed up his business. I picked up some good bargains in the sell off but was pretty devastated at the closing.
Recently I found another good source that’s actually a full blown commercial shop and wood supplier. The bdft pricing on most woods was a bit steep but the cut off bin had short boards and large blocks of sapele, hickory and mahogany…great for small projects and turning.
Thanks for the kind comments…the wood really made this one!

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#13 posted 01-17-2019 11:47 PM

a very nice looking box Tom love that curve top GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#14 posted 01-18-2019 07:01 AM

Woodsmith, I thought the design looked familiar. Nice work.

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#15 posted 01-19-2019 01:38 AM

A very graceful box. Nicely done!

-- AJ

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