Custom box for storing medical instruments

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Project by mony posted 06-07-2019 03:55 PM 1108 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been a while since I posted a build.
This is a custom build for a local doctor (who’s mother was also a doctor). He wanted this box to store some of his mother’s old medical instruments. Box is built from curly maple, black walnut, a touch of ebony and a touch of padauk. The curly maple from NE Ohio and the black walnut is local (Missouri). The box is 15” x 11” x 9”. The finish is about 8-10 coats of satin lacquer. This was also my first attempt to create a medallion for the box top.

Thanks for looking.

-- Mony

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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 06-07-2019 04:55 PM

Super nice job on this one.

Love the Maple and the inlays

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2019 05:02 PM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 06-07-2019 08:35 PM

Excellent choices of wood and great craftsmanship.

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#4 posted 06-07-2019 09:45 PM

Mony, there is lots to like about this box such as: the top medallion, the feet, the dual colored framework on the outside and inside of the lid, the inset compartments, the beautiful striated maple, the contrasting colors of wood, the corner splines on the inserts, the 45s on the lid, the rounded corners, the three piece lid-lift tab, the rim around the top, the faux-green and green corners, and the lined inset compartments.

You included all the bells and whistles. I don’t think you missed a trick. Great craftsmanship and super attention to details and finish.

My only criticism would be that the corner treatments are complex enough to detract from the overall look. I much prefer the more simple splines you used on the inside compartments. However, the corners are strictly a matter of taste and they are beautifully done. When all the different details of construction are noticed, the entire box is a marvel of craftsmanship.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 06-07-2019 09:51 PM

Absolutely Beautiful!
Craftmanship at it’s Best!!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#6 posted 06-07-2019 10:01 PM

It’s beautiful! You did a fantastic job with this box. I like everything about it.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 06-07-2019 11:25 PM

That Curly Maple is insane. Nice box.

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#8 posted 06-08-2019 10:14 AM

Beautiful box, nice wood and finish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-08-2019 11:46 AM

Lots of detail, excellent job!

-- Petey

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#10 posted 06-08-2019 02:24 PM

That’s a winner – beautifully executed

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#11 posted 06-08-2019 03:55 PM

this is one beautiful box the wood choices are fantastic GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

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

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#12 posted 06-08-2019 10:07 PM


Great looking box, but that’s the only kind you make. I still need to come over for a couple lessons.


-- I aspire to be a novice woodworker...

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#13 posted 06-14-2019 05:21 AM

Most impressive!

-- It’s all good!

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#14 posted 07-07-2019 10:02 AM

I’ve seen a lot of boxes, but none as beautiful as this. Excellent job – true craftsmanship. Makes me want to do one of two things. 1. Keep trying to improve or 2. Throw my tools in the river and give up. Mony this is amazing

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

Thanks to everyone for the generous comments.

-- Mony

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