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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 09-10-2019 07:52 AM 870 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oak and sapele keepsake box. Dimensions: Hexagons are 15cm diameter, bridge section is 17×7cm.

This project began as me wanting to do a hexagon box. While I was cutting parts, I thought, why not make parts enough for two boxes. When I had them dry assembled, and was planning out how to approach gluing, I thought, why not connect them with some sort of bridge. And thus, this box is what became of those ideas.

The hexagon lids were originally intended to be hinged, but a router misshap cancelled that, and I had to redesign.

Lined with peel and stick velour, finished with 2 x L.O./mineral spirits mix, then multiple coats of shellac exterior. Interior is oiled and waxed.

The pullout trays should have had a rim to keep whatever is on them from falling off when removed; and though I dont want to, I will likely add that, some day.

The handles for the hexagonal lids are okay, IMO, but when I look at them, I think they should extend about a centimeter or so with a curving taper.

Enjoy, Bri…

An editors note: all of the grain patterns here are VERY carefully thought out. The hexagon sides are continuous, and the tops and bottoms are flowing in the exact same directions.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 09-10-2019 08:08 AM

What a crazy wonderful box this is. Can’t say I have seen a bridge box before. Those handles are great, and I like boxes with guts in them, Bi-level storage is always good.

I agree with the rail to keep items tend to rolling from doing that as you lift the top tray off.

Neat box, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 09-10-2019 11:04 AM

That’s certainly wild, Brian. Wow!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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jbschutz

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#3 posted 09-10-2019 12:12 PM

Brian, I think you have found your niche….there is a wonderful architectural quality to your boxes. I am inspired by others’ boxes, and yours certainly inspire me.
This box has me thinking about possibilites, and I thank you for that.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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MrWolfe

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#4 posted 09-10-2019 03:31 PM

Wow!
So much to like here. I especially like all the handles and pulls and the architectural qualities that JBSchutz mentioned. Great build and very innovative!!!
Jon

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#5 posted 09-10-2019 04:06 PM

Thank you all for those kind words. It is very motivational for me, coming from the likes of you all!!!

Perhaps those 2 years of architectural drawing in high school were a benefit afterall??? when I would have rather been out back of school “puffin,” and maybe kissing Victoria if she was cutting class also.

But seriously, I am motivated to REALLY push this thing as far as I can take it.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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ralbuck

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#6 posted 09-10-2019 04:15 PM

A-O-A! (All of above)

Very neat design—sometimes our “mistakes” turn out to improve our designs a lot.

I do think that this is a very wonderful box/es.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 09-10-2019 05:25 PM

Very cool idea combining these pieces. Sort of the beginning of a jewelry chest town 8^) The shelf inserts are always very popular, definitely consider adding the boarder. The wood combination is awesome, very decorative effect!

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swirt

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#8 posted 09-11-2019 01:35 AM

Love the symmetry and the organic look of the knobs. Very nicely planned and executed.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 09-11-2019 06:12 AM

Anew and nice idea!

-- Petey

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#10 posted 09-11-2019 06:26 AM


Sort of the beginning of a jewelry chest town 8^)

- splintergroup

Basically what my wife said about this one, quickly followed by: now sell it!

Thanks

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#11 posted 09-11-2019 06:36 AM


Very nicely planned and executed.

- swirt

Thank you!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#12 posted 09-11-2019 06:40 AM



Anew and nice idea!

- Peteybadboy

Thanks, Petey

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 09-11-2019 06:41 AM



A-O-A! (All of above)

I do think that this is a very wonderful box/es.

- ralbuck

Thank you.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 09-11-2019 08:28 PM

WOW…I love it. That is a work of art!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#15 posted 09-11-2019 08:37 PM



WOW…I love it. That is a work of art!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

More or less my direction, boxes yes, but more than boxes also.

Thanks Jim.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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