Redwood and hard maple box #4

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-12-2020 07:38 PM 1010 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second post in a series of nine box art projects using reclaimed redwood. Each posting features a unique box in the main pictures and a narrative focused on a different step in the process. Sometimes including photos from parts of other projects in the series; click on “my next or previous project” to read the whole series.

Redwood and hard maple box #4
  • 7.5×7.5×4.5 inches
  • Box joints with a skip pattern
  • Four-way book matched burl top
  • Hard maple trim, splayed feet, and hinges
  • Removable tray may be oriented to slide side to side or front to back
  • Brass knob and clocked, sculpted hinge screws
  • Ribbon lock
  • Leather lined floor and ceiling

Reclaimed Redwood, a gift from my sister, plus hard maple trim and Redwood burl purchased from Rare Woods & Veneers – Carlton McLendon, Inc.

Pictures and comments during the making of four-way book matched veneer tops:

A flitch of four redwood burl softening:

Using a pair of mirrors and mask template to find and mark pleasing patterns for a four-way book match (picture is of the elm burl, but you get the idea; I did the same with the redwood):

Not quite enough Redwood burl for all the boxes, seven box tops marked (yellow rectangles, look closely to see all seven) for cutting on the Redwood burl stack (the others will come from Carpathian elm burl):

Cut and taped into four-way book matched veneers:

Vacuum pressed (Roarockit) and trimmed the top panels:

Washed and sanded box top panels:

My favorite pattern zoomed in:

Glued the tops and bottoms on the the box sides:

Signed and tied up with a bow:

Thanks for reading my post. The main pictures in full resolution are also posted at Comments or questions are welcome. I’ll post the next one in a day or so…

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#1 posted 01-12-2020 08:01 PM

On an iPhone this page looks best in landscape, sideways then pinch to fit.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#2 posted 01-12-2020 08:16 PM

Another beauty! Again great explanation of your process!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 01-12-2020 08:52 PM

I think I like this one better – I guess because of the trim

-- 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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#4 posted 01-12-2020 10:23 PM

Wow this is a real beauty, and a very nice build blog to boot. 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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#5 posted 01-13-2020 11:15 AM

Excellent. Love the top and leather.

-- Petey

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