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Project by madburg posted 08-06-2019 10:03 AM 1031 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here we go. This is the second of the boxes I entered in the Box Category at this year’s 2019 Western Australia Out Of The Woods competition.

It is in a similar style to my Jarrah Cube – based on a Japanese Bento box. It is presented in a typical Japanese furoshiki cloth. The outer case is pale jarrah burl veneer on marine ply. The top has a four-way book match while the sides are two way.

The case is constructed using lap joints with decorative strengthening keys and jarrah edging strips. The base is veneered with kiri and is lap jointed and keyed and jarrah edged in similar fashion.

Inside are three removable trays made from solid Banksia again with jarrah edging. They are lined with gold suede goat skin.

They were made as one ‘box’ which was then saw into four – the fourth is inserted into the base. Bottoms and locating strips were added to the other three to enable then to fit together.

To ensure they go together correctly I used a series of synthetic opal dots which visually line up the trays. The opal dot decoration is repeated on the base.

The outer case has the option of being secured using simple pins – see above, or traditional Japanese style locks.

Following on the Japanese influence, I have tried to imitate Japanese lacquer wear finish. The whole box being finished with many coats of oil-based satin polyurethane. This is sanded between coats with 320 initially, then 600, and so-on, up to 1000 as a flat surface builds up. Most surfaces have then been sanded to 4000 grit with micro mesh sanding discs either by hand or using a small palm orbital sander. Finally, the surfaces are polished with diamond cutting paste starting at 3000 and on up to 6000 or 10000 grit depending on my mood at the time!

This box gained 2nd place in the Box category at the 2019 Out of the Woods competition.

Thanks as every for taking the time to look and read. I look forward to your feedback.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 08-06-2019 11:41 AM

Exquisite!!! Very elegant and sophisticated box. Congratulations on placing 2nd.

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

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#2 posted 08-06-2019 11:44 AM

Wow I love this! Looks like you took a lot of time and care in this project. Congrats on your 2nd place. I’m sure you will get a DT3 as well!

-- Petey

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Jim Rowe

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#3 posted 08-06-2019 12:00 PM

Only 2nd place! This is incredible. It really looks terrific and must have taken you many hours to complete. Kenji will be impressed with this work!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 08-06-2019 12:14 PM

Nice! Congratulations on the second place!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 08-06-2019 02:01 PM

WOW! Congrats on the second place. Can not understand why not first place, can’t imagine a box crafted better than that.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 08-06-2019 02:27 PM

Beautiful box and excellent craftsmanship. The bookmatching lid is fantastic. All the special features and attention to detail really make this a masterful build and instant classic.
Well done.

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#7 posted 08-06-2019 02:32 PM

This one is very nice as well my friend. One can only wonder how your first entry fared in the competition.
The suspense is killing me.
Seriously, all of these are wonderful and show your well known attention to the finest detail. Each deserves several looks and we still won’t catch all the nuances.

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

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#8 posted 08-06-2019 02:51 PM

Awesome, as usual!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#9 posted 08-06-2019 02:55 PM

Nice work, wonderful use of wood, and the execution is awesome.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 08-06-2019 08:26 PM

It may have been second in your competition, but it is a #1 here on LJs. Cogratulations on a beautiful box. Whether intentional or subconsciously I see a lot of interesting design influences here – everything from Oriental to Mid-Century Modern, Faberge to Klimt, traditional to 1960’s Mod and you pulled it all together beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 08-06-2019 08:44 PM

Your boxes are getting better and better by the day. This is an amazing piece on so many levels…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#12 posted 08-06-2019 09:33 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Your attention to detail is spot on.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 08-07-2019 04:41 AM

Thanks for all the positive feedback. There’s now just one more box to post – suprise,suprise its another Japanese style.

-- Madburg WA

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#14 posted 08-17-2019 02:06 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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