Ring boxes for the show

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Project by splintergroup posted 09-10-2019 02:08 PM 1373 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m going to try my hand at a crafts fair in a few months so I need inventory.

These boxes are a result of the previous prototype box I built. Dimensions are about 10”w x 7”d x 2”h.

The prototype:

I still have a few modifications I would make but I like these better than the prototype. Key to me was changing to my typical pad feet (no dealing with router burn and chip out in the arch corners).

I used a variety of woods to get a variety of looks. Walnut, cherry, canary, jatoba, curly maple, and purple heart. The lids have walnut burl panels except for two (one quilted maple, one birdseye zebra wood). The zebra wood is my favorite 8^)
The finish is clear precat lacquer that I went to town on polishing up (that is why the main photo has such weird looking lids, all the reflections)

The interiors are mostly 1/8” walnut (canary for the canary box and ambrosia for the maple box). One side is a ring insert, the other is a simple felt covered catch-all. Horton hinges (tip ‘o the hat to Art!) work great and are a pleasure to install on the 1/2” box walls. I’m kinda leery of using brass screws so I swapped them out for some #4 brass patinated square drives.

I may keep my favorite, the canary w/zebra wood just ‘cuz I can 8^)

Thanks for looking and take care!

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#1 posted 09-10-2019 02:17 PM

Nice bunch o’ boxes, Splint. I use the brass screws but use a steel screw first plus a dab o’ wax to reduce friction as much as possible before inserting the brass screws.

-- Art

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#2 posted 09-10-2019 02:24 PM

Thanks Art 8^) I’m still paranoid, even with the usual pre-threading and wax (plus the idea of brass versus jatoba)

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#3 posted 09-10-2019 02:43 PM

Wow, these have some really crisp clean lines. Good luck on sales.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 09-10-2019 02:59 PM

wow those are all just gorgeous splinter i cant imagine you wont sell out with top of the line quality like that.good luck buddy craft fairs can be hit and miss though.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 09-10-2019 03:16 PM

Great craftsmanship, beautiful boxes.

-- “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 09-10-2019 03:32 PM

They look great! How do you make the ring holder inside the box?

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#7 posted 09-10-2019 03:35 PM

Great work.

I am envious of your wood selection.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#8 posted 09-10-2019 03:50 PM

Very nice craftsmanship!
Great boxes and nice selection of beautiful wood.
Very tight and clean lines. Best wishes at the fair and keep us updated.

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#9 posted 09-10-2019 04:29 PM

WOW, squared !!!!! Those are sure some elegant boxes. Bruce!! I’ll bet they sell well. Good luck at your next show!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 09-10-2019 05:02 PM

WOW, Mr Splinter. You have a collective of eye candy right there. Awesome wood, and great skill at using it on full dispaly with all of these.

Best of luck at the show.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 09-10-2019 05:18 PM

Thanks for all the kind words people!

They look great! How do you make the ring holder inside the box?

- CharlieK

Charlie, these were made by letting my computer do the walking.

I’ve made my own before I found the commercial units cheap enough to make me pry open my wallet. I still have some interest in pursuing custom inserts, mainly to play with the size and materials. There was a recent discussion about this here on LJs.

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#12 posted 09-10-2019 05:23 PM

You never cease to amaze me with your design sensibility. These are first class work with the aesthetic that only a true artist can produce. Great work!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 09-10-2019 06:20 PM

each one has it’s own appeal and all of them are total eye candy. You probably won’t take any of them back home.

-- 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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#14 posted 09-10-2019 08:51 PM

Beautiful as usual. You’ll have no problem selling those..

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 09-11-2019 12:26 AM

I concur with everyone above that say these are beautiful boxes. The wood combos compliment each very well. No doubt you’ll be successful at the craft fair !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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