Redwood and walnut box #9

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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 01-17-2020 08:06 PM 878 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My seventh 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 walnut box #9
  • 7.5×7.5×4.5 inches
  • Box joints with a skip pattern
  • Four-way book matched burl top
  • Walnut trim, splayed feet and sculpted hinges
  • Removable tray may be oriented to slide side to side or front to back
  • Brass knob and clocked, sculpted hinge screws
  • Tiffany Blue linen lined ceiling and floor
  • Ribbon lock

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

Pictures and comments during installation of the brass hinge screws and knobs:
The hinges are surfaced mounted with the barrel facing into the box with CA glue. This provides a stop at about 95 degrees at full open position. Wanting to strengthen and decorate the boxes then I added brass screws. The hinges are 3/16 and the box sides 1/4 inch thick.

Carefully marked screw position as any misalignment will be easy to see. I was far from perfect on my first one then improved.

Drilled pilot hole to depth of 7/16 inch, just short of the box interior. Then the shank hole through the hinge leaf depth of 3/16 inch:

Cut the 1/2 inch #6 screws short to match my needs:

Taped with a steel screw, installed brass screws with CA glue as threadlock, clocked and filed for a custom look:

The sculpted walnut hinges and the three knuckles got just one screw per leaf:

In all 60 brass screws installed, none broken or striped.

The knobs were simpler. Drillpress a pilot hole, trim the screw length, tap with a steel screw, add a washer and screw it tight with CA glue for threadlock.

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 01-18-2020 09:39 AM

mlb, it is nice to see the evolution and improvement of techniques as you worked on these. The burl tops are beautiful work and redwood burls are beautiful wood.

Sometime you might consider indented finger lifts in place of hardware.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 01-18-2020 11:31 AM

boxguy, Thanks for the compliment and tip. I’ll try indented finger lifts when I have a box with thicker walls. Here they are 1/4” thick. What do you think is the minimum thickness, or depth of indent, needed to achieve an ergonomic finger lift?

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#3 posted 01-18-2020 12:18 PM

Love that top. Nice job!

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2020 10:41 PM

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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