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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 06-09-2020 07:55 AM 1040 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As this build was progressing, I kept thinking it was reminding me of candy somehow. So I think I will market this box as such; a box where grandma can stash goodies for when the grandkids come-a-visitin. And rather than lining the bottom with some type of fabric, I just used a fine-figured piece of poplar that would be easy to clean if need be.

The handle is a piece of quartz, which I found in the local riverbed. The quartz gives off quite a sparkle in the sun. There is a brass pin CA-glued to affix the handle to the top.

Dimensions: 11cm square X 14cm high.

Woods used: butternut, bubinga, eucalyptus.

Finish is many coats of shellac.

A shoutout goes to Dick Byrd for supplying the butternut, which shined up real purdy!

Thanks for viewing

And have a great day!

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.





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#1 posted 06-09-2020 09:54 AM

I really like how this turned out. Can you tell me more about the construction?

-- Roger

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 06-09-2020 10:57 AM

Beautiful, the color ( lumber ) combination is really striking. The quartz handle seems to have brown color streaks and compliments the butternut
Great Job !

-- 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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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 11:00 AM

Thank you, Roger.

To answer you question:

For this one, I had the overall design in my head before I began. Sometimes I just wing it and piece together ideas as I go.

The butternut carcass was cut from a single board, so a 3 corner grain match, the fourth being acceptable. Simple mitre construction with a 1/4” ply bottom. From there, using an FTG blade, I did the center bubinga horizontal inlay first, just butting the ends together. The butt joints didnt need to be perfect, as I knew these would be cut out later when I did the vertical corner inlays. Then the 3 lines of horizontal eucalyptus inlays went in, same deal, the butted ends didnt need to fit exactly tight. Once all the surfaces were sanded flush, I did the vertical corner inlays. I think all the inlays are 4mm deep, into 10mm stock.

For the top, the center butternut panel sits in a groove cut into the bubinga frame. And I hid some minor jointing imperfections with the wrap-around eucalyptus detail. The various chamfers were done with a chisel, which is always nerve-wracking for me. Yikes.

The bottom ring/lip of eucalyptus is mitred, and just glued on, with some 4mm hidden dowels pinning this to the carcass, for added peace of mind. And the footing of bubinga is also just glued on, and I added some glue-blocks inside each corner, also for peace of mind.

Hope that is a sufficient answer.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 11:36 AM

Your box turned out great Brian. Candy for the kids will be in a perfect place.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 06-09-2020 11:42 AM

Sweet – get it?? Inspiring work as always!!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 06-09-2020 12:07 PM

Nice, Brian! Very pretty result!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 06-09-2020 12:21 PM

Wow Brian!
I love height on this box. The woods and inlays are great visually especially the way the inlays break up the butternut. Very sweet combo of woods and the quartz crystal on top is the perfect touch.
Beautiful.
Thanks for sharing some of the process too.
Jon

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#8 posted 06-09-2020 12:33 PM

Beautiful work Brian :-) I love how broad the pallet you paint with is! The raised corner pieces and offset butt joints on the lid nicely frame the quartz handle. The quartz nicely disturbs the symmetry and geometric consistency of the overall piece.

And I can’t believe you nor anyone else mentioned it but that piece of quartz looks just like a lightly roasted marshmallow!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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swirt

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#9 posted 06-09-2020 01:48 PM

Beautiful. The effect with the drawers is awesome, and I like the choice of rock for the handle.

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

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#10 posted 06-09-2020 02:08 PM

A great combo of colors and materials Brian, very unique!
Nice and smooth surfaces, that is something I’d actually enjoy polishing up.

I’ve been saving rocks for future projects but using them for a handle never crossed my mind. I’m going to steal that idea 8^)

The problem I see is it will hold a ton of treats. Given the high visibility with no lock, those cretin grandkids will loot grandmas stash in no time flat….

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#11 posted 06-09-2020 02:11 PM

a very beautiful box …. love the choice of woods used .... and the marshmellow on the top looks awesome .... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#12 posted 06-09-2020 03:42 PM

Thank you kindly to:

Recycle1943, yes, I think there was some iron oxide present when the crystal was forming, hence the rusty looking bands.
DoubleDD, the candy is for me, yo!
EarlS, thanks, mate!
DaveP!!!
MrWolfe
Kenny! Damn, now I have to go get some marshmallows to roast, or maybe teach the kids what a smore is.
Swirt!!!
Splinty- steal away. I have been hanging onto this quartz piece for a long time, just seemed to belong to this box.
Tony- Thanks bro.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 06-09-2020 05:04 PM

Your kids don’t know what a S’more is? Bad daddy! Bad!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#14 posted 06-09-2020 06:31 PM

Stunning design and execution. Beautiful use of color contrasts and texture. Accolades to you Brian, I am envious!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#15 posted 06-09-2020 08:37 PM



Your kids don t know what a S more is? Bad daddy! Bad!

- HokieKen

I know, tis terrible daddying. Saving grace is, they do know what fudge is.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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