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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 02-04-2020 09:18 AM 811 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A box for little treasures, or whathaveyou.

Granadillo, spalted beech, maple, gabon ebony, olive.
Dimensions: 13cm X 11cm.
The top is made up of 20 individual pieces, including the splines.
Finish: oiled and waxed, pre-buffed with 0000 steel wool prior to oiling, for that super smooth surface.
Lined with luxury velvet.

Two corners are mitered, the other two are dadoed.

You may notice there are two screws missing for the hinge, those are on order. BECAUSE, I broke not 1, not 2, but 4 of the screws supplied with the hinge. No need to advise on how to properly install weak-ass screws, I know about predrilling and waxing the screw. Needless to say, getting this box hinged was a major pain in the butt, as, apparantly, granadillo does not liked to be screwed!

The divider insert is intended to suggest a serpentine form. My wife thinks it is a SeaMan. Anyway, its removable.

Have a fine day, ya all!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 02-04-2020 12:00 PM

Pretty!

I’ve not had problems with granadillo and screws, but there are a bunch of species lumped together under the name granadillo, so I’m never sure what people mean by it. I’m pretty sure what I was working with was macacauba and perhaps you’re working with a different granadillo.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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swirt

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#2 posted 02-04-2020 02:21 PM

Nice looking design. Sorry about the screws.

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

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pottz

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#3 posted 02-04-2020 02:41 PM

thats a wild design,very geometric.nice combo of woods inspite of the PIA screw problem.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Bobsboxes

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#4 posted 02-04-2020 03:23 PM

Great looking box, nice wood, great contrast.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-04-2020 04:26 PM

Great design Brian,
I really like the panels for the lid, its striking from both the exterior and the interior. I also like the angles and asymmetrical front and back sides. Beautiful choice of contrasting woods.
Well Done!!!
Jon

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#6 posted 02-04-2020 05:39 PM

I’ve had trouble with weak screws as well and brass screws in particular. Somewhere I read about using steel screws to pre-thread the hole. It does work but I really have to be careful with the brass screws in hardwoods. I’ve got several stainless steel screws in my brass hardware box just for pre-threading holes.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#7 posted 02-04-2020 06:08 PM



I ve had trouble with weak screws as well and brass screws in particular. Somewhere I read about using steel screws to pre-thread the hole. It does work but I really have to be careful with the brass screws in hardwoods. I ve got several stainless steel screws in my brass hardware box just for pre-threading holes.

- BurlyBob

Thanks for the tip, Bob! I know brusso includes a steel screw in their hinge packs just for this purpose. I have heard that they sometimes break too. LOL. I will have to do some googling to find them, cause I dont think Ima findin any that small round here.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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splintergroup

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#8 posted 02-04-2020 06:17 PM

The asymmetric shape looks good with your wood selection though I can’t believe you used that much ebony (I hoard it far too much to use in those quantities 8^)

For some reason, I thought that it was a form of keepsake box after having a gallbladder removal, but that’s just me!

Those tray/interior dividers really push the whole organic narrative, are those items you find while out on a walk or do you intentionally buy them with your boxes in mind?

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 02-04-2020 07:14 PM


The asymmetric shape looks good with your wood selection though I can t believe you used that much ebony (I hoard it far too much to use in those quantities 8^)

For some reason, I thought that it was a form of keepsake box after having a gallbladder removal, but that s just me!

Those tray/interior dividers really push the whole organic narrative, are those items you find while out on a walk or do you intentionally buy them with your boxes in mind?

- splintergroup

Thanks, Splinty. I think I can get ebony here somewhat cheaper than you over there. In this box, the ebony amounts to 2 euros or so.

As far as my organic dividers, I make them, in this case, carved from a small piece of olive wood. I have alot of wild olive wood stock. I do collect interesting bits of wood I find in the forest on my daily walk with the dog, or dogs, depending on my mood.

If you ever want to do a small-scale wood trade, say sycamore for olive, I am down for that.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 02-04-2020 07:37 PM

As usual (or unusual) that is one outstanding example of out of the box thinking – Great job Brian

btw – pm enroute

-- 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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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 02-05-2020 07:07 AM

I like the off sided shape, and the woods mix is pretty grand,the lid is also a nice look, and keeps with the varied look.

Interesting box.

-- Think safe, be safe

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#12 posted 02-05-2020 08:14 AM

Thanks to all for the inspiring comments!!!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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Fiver

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#13 posted 02-06-2020 04:04 PM

I absolutely love this. I’ve seen a few other examples of super creative boxes like this online and they always fascinate me for some reason.

If you don’t mind me asking, what was your inspiration for the design?

-- Matt - Colorado

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#14 posted 02-06-2020 04:30 PM

Thanks, Matt, for the compliment.

I could go on and on about my creative process, where I started, where I am going, etc., but I wont bore you with the details, suffice it to say I spend alot of time on pinterest looking at the work of others and I steal ideas from them, then make them my own.

The two I look up to the most would be Jeff Baenen, L.J. member, goes by the handle of triumph1.

And mcxdesign.

They are really pushing it as far as out of the box designs. They both have websites, where I am a frequent visitor. So, mcxdesign has a box on his site where one of the sides of the box projects like you see in this box I did. I just took that idea and doubled it, and the rest of the design is all me. This box was built around the top/lid, that was done first, then I added the idea of the projecting sides, angles, layers.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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Fiver

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#15 posted 02-06-2020 04:50 PM

Cool man, appreciate you sharing your sources and I’ll check them out. Pinterest (which I’ll be honest and say I do not get) seems to be loaded with awesome images of anything woodworking related.

-- Matt - Colorado

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