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Project by BanjoBen posted 02-06-2019 04:20 PM 986 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been playing around with this basic design for a few weeks now, and this is the latest iteration. It’s made from some curly ambrosia maple, with African mahogany dividers, and blue paua shell inlay. It’s carved initially with my shaper origin to establish the overall shape of the braids, and then hand carved to finish out the three-dimensional braiding effect.

This is my first effort at using abalone shell veneer inlay, and I will definitely be using it some more. I love this stuff.





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kiwilynne

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#1 posted 02-06-2019 05:25 PM

Really beautiful, inspires me for making that tea box I keep putting off! :)

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#2 posted 02-06-2019 05:27 PM

Beautiful wood as well as craftsmanship

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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BanjoBen

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#3 posted 02-06-2019 05:35 PM



Really beautiful, inspires me for making that tea box I keep putting off! :)

- kiwilynne

You should! I’m not a big tea drinker myself (coffee is my go-to) but my wife drinks a fair bit of tea, and regardless, the boxes are good fun to make.

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#4 posted 02-06-2019 05:50 PM

Very nicely done. Not sure about the carving on highly figured wood though, but maybe the photo doesn’t do it justice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BanjoBen

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#5 posted 02-06-2019 05:52 PM



Very nicely done. Not sure about the carving on highly figured wood though, but maybe the photo or it s angle obscures the view.

- stefang

Yeah, the angle and lighting here hides it a bit. It’s a “tree of life” design with some knotted roots and birds flying off.

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#6 posted 02-06-2019 09:49 PM

Beautiful in all aspects.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 02-07-2019 02:02 AM

super build very nice box.

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#8 posted 02-07-2019 02:54 AM

I love the Abalone inlay. You built a really nice box. Great job!

-- AJ

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 02-07-2019 04:19 AM

Nice work. Love that woven fence look on the front. Unfortunately my eyes can just barely discern the work on the top, what with that insane figure. Though I can clearly see the border inlay, quite eye catching. I imagine more so in a heavily lighted room, but I think real sun would do it the most good.

Great box, thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 02-07-2019 01:40 PM

Really beautiful tea box! The abalone is outstanding as is the carving. A+!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#11 posted 02-09-2019 10:09 AM

Nicely done! The inlay is striking and the side carving is very classy. I agree with other comments that in the photos it’s tough to pick up the carving on the lid through all that figure…better in person I’m sure.
How are those hinges to work with?

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BanjoBen

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#12 posted 02-12-2019 06:59 PM



Nicely done! The inlay is striking and the side carving is very classy. I agree with other comments that in the photos it s tough to pick up the carving on the lid through all that figure…better in person I m sure.
How are those hinges to work with?

- Tom Regnier

I really like the barrel hinges. They’re really easy to set up and install, since all you have to do is drill two holes to a set depth for each hinge. They’re not cheap if you buy from Rockler or Woodcraft, but you can buy them in bulk pretty reasonably. The 10 mm hinges are $14/pair from Rockler, but you can get 12 pairs from amazon for $45 (same brand and everything).

And yeah, the figure hides the carving in the lid here a bit. I wanted it subtle, and up close, in person, it has a subtle look like I was going for. But from across the room, or in a photograph, the figure hides it.

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