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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 02-29-2020 11:34 AM 568 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box evolved into something entirely different than what I had originally planned. Goes that way sometimes. Made entirely from reclaimed mahogany(cuban) and honduran cedar; and brass. The legs are splayed at 10º, and pinned into anchor blocks with brass 4mm rod.

I didnt have a blade that I was willing to risk for cutting mitres on the brass, so I used simple butt joints, and made a shooting board type of jig to file the ends square and to length after rough cutting with a hacksaw. The brass inlays are glued in with locktite for metal; and I roughed up the gluing surfaces with steelwool and cleaned with acetone before gluing. Hope they stay put??? Only the front face has the brass inlay pattern. The idea for the handle came to me in that half-awake/half-asleep state, which is usually where my best ideas originate. Not saying the handle is fantastic or anything, but it is certainly original. I didnt have any brass rod suitablly small enough to pin the handle to the top, so I had to use copper instead.

Dimensions: 13cm X 13cm, with about 7cm interior depth.
Finish: oil and wax combo
Interior walls of Honduran Cedar
Lined with plush velvet.

Where I got the wood for this box:

I do dumster drive-bys in several locations where I know there is likely to be discarded furniture, and one day I saw a couple large drawers laying up against a dumpster and stopped to investigate. First I look for evidence of bugs, in this case there was none, great! Then, I decide if the wood is worth making something out of, so pine would become fire-starters for instance, but any hardwood thats useable goes to the future projects stockpile. At first, I thought these drawers were made of cherry, great again! After I disassembled them and cleaned them up, I realised that this was mahogany, mostly.

I estimate that these drawers were circa 1950´s or so; and whats interesting about them, I thought, was how they were made. Dovetailed joinery, of course, but more interesting was that the sides and back were of mahogany, likely from Cuba, and the drawer-front was a thicker piece of Honduran Cedar with a rather thick veneer of oak on the top and side edges and the face, but not the bottom edge. The cabinet that these drawers belonged to wasnt there with them, but judging by the apliques and hardware, I would say the cabinet was an upper-end item.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 02-29-2020 12:00 PM

good find, great build and too bad the cabinet was missing. The top and sides could have been a treasure trove.
btw – really like the brass accent/divider between the body and lid

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 02-29-2020 01:29 PM

Nice! The brass really spiffs it up, and it’s already a pretty spiffy design.

Epoxy is safest for gluing metal to wood, but fish glue is traditionally used for gluing frets into fretboards and will also work well.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 02-29-2020 02:48 PM

I like using metals in many of my projects, really can punch things up with the variety of available colors, Copper, brass, aluminum, an the usual leaf metals are easy to use (and obtain).
I often cut wood with embedded soft metals, even run stuff through my drum sander to get an even surface fit. No issues with blade damage, but the metal really absorbs the heat (esp. w/sanding) and that can play havoc with glues (I like epoxy).

Your handle is indeed unique 8^) Seems you dream more of alien off-worlds versus styrofoam peanut factories, I like the angular looks!

Great job on the dumpster diving Brian, perfect source for smaller unique woods with quantities sufficient for boxes! someday your decedents will marvel at finding real particle board “slabs”.
Looking forward to your next vision incarnate 8^)

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 02-29-2020 03:19 PM

Not at all bad for dumpster dived wood. :-)

I’m seeing deep space weather station. Just not sure if it’s launched with a rocket, or it swims into space with that little propeller top piece?

Quirky. I like me some quirky. I like me some legs too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 03-01-2020 12:14 AM

How do you come up with such original box ideas. Another beauty!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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swirt

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#6 posted 03-01-2020 03:07 AM

NIce rescue. It looks great.

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

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#7 posted 03-01-2020 09:12 AM


How do you come up with such original box ideas. Another beauty!

- jeffswildwood

Thanks Jeff. To answer your question, in this particular case, I started out trying to approximate this:

I wanted the brass to lay proud of the face, top and bottom, and then I intended to carve some appliques which I would have painted gold, somewhat like the triangular filligrees on this antique box. But I made a mistake and cut the brass too short lengthwise, and had to adapt the design. It was the same with the legs, I began by shaping them similar to those on the box in the photo, and that didnt go well, so I gave up.

I will make another attempt at this, someday…..........

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#8 posted 03-01-2020 09:21 AM



Nice! The brass really spiffs it up, and it’s already a pretty spiffy design.

Epoxy is safest for gluing metal to wood, but fish glue is traditionally used for gluing frets into fretboards and will also work well.

- Dave Polaschek

Yes, Dave, Splinty, I know epoxy is best for metal to wood. I just didnt have any in stock, and I did have a new tube of locktite, so I just went with that. Since the wood had been furniture for quite a long time, and thus rather dried-out, I took the gamble. If it had been newer milled wood I wouldnt have done that.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 03-01-2020 09:22 AM

Thank you gentlemen, for the compliments!!!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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