Japanese style Style

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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 09-09-2020 07:42 AM 731 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second attempt at Japanese style imitation.
American Walnut and Macassar Ebony.
Sterling Silver inlays!
Dimensions: 25cm X 10cm X 10cm deep.
Pullout tray lined with velvet.
Finish: Linseed oil and beeswax.
The pullout tray handle has a nice ergonomic curve on the bottom edges to fit the fingers.
I used a router and pattern bit to do the cutouts for the sides, and center top panel.
Top/sides have a waterfall effect grainmatch.
Felt bumper pads, recessed for feet.

You can see in photo 4 that line for the inlays on the top center are off slighty; sucks, but what ya gonna do. No one will ever notice but me, and everyone else who looks at it.

Shoutout to Dick Byrd for supplying the walnut!!!

Thanks for viewing.

And have a great day!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#1 posted 09-09-2020 10:28 AM

Really nice Brian – that walnut didn’t look that good when I shipped it. I like the dual purpose tray supports and the ebony is a great accent not to mention the sterling inlays

-- 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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#2 posted 09-09-2020 10:47 AM

Very nice! I love a stylish box and this one looks beautiful!

-- Sawdust Developer

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#3 posted 09-09-2020 11:19 AM

More awesomeness!!!

I just commented on Jeff’s screwdrivers that I need to get started on some Christmas projects for my wife and daughters. I think I will make them jewelry boxes. I know where to get some inspiration (or outright plagiarism).

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

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#4 posted 09-09-2020 11:44 AM

The sterling inlays really pop against the ebony and the combo is fantastic.
Great design and build!

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#5 posted 09-09-2020 12:34 PM

Not only is the box beautiful but the walnut has nice grain. You did a great job.

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

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#6 posted 09-09-2020 12:48 PM

Interesting box, Brian! The big holes in the sides are not something I would’ve thought of, but they really add some visual appeal.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 09-09-2020 12:49 PM

Beautiful work Brian. That wood combination is excellent and the silver really compliments the woods well :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 09-09-2020 12:50 PM

That is beautiful!

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#9 posted 09-09-2020 01:28 PM

Oh dear Brian…What are ya gonna do!? Laugh at it and thank god you’re human, that’s what!

Absolutely, once again…fantastic. You are one seriously talented woodworking obsessed individual…and that is a wonderful thing….especially for those of us who get to see your posts!
The walnut is really nice, and the silver a great accent. I could pretty much comment positives on everything about it.
Everything. Including the slightly askew inlay, that I can’t see even after you mentioned it.
You talk about having design images that you’ve saved so you can emulate and then add your own creative touch.
- Your boxes are my saved designs…; )

You have a great day too my friend!

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#10 posted 09-09-2020 01:44 PM

The ebony wrap and silver makes me think of old iron wrapped around a ships strong box, cool design!

The silver piques my interest as the closest I’ve ever come was to using aluminum rod for clock hour marks.
Something about the silver just makes it “better” 8^)

Fine work Brian!

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#11 posted 09-09-2020 02:29 PM

nice work my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 09-09-2020 02:36 PM

Nice work – I’m impressed!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-09-2020 03:41 PM

Wow! I really like the silver and ebony together.

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#14 posted 09-10-2020 12:15 AM

Really beautiful. Took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on. Love how creative it is, and the workmanship is really over the top. The trays and lids are really works of art by themselves.

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#15 posted 09-10-2020 07:17 AM

Muchas Gracias to:

Mr Byrd.

Sawdust developer.




Dave P.


Patticaker. Welcome to L.J.s.!


Splint. I buy the sterling silver from jewelry suppliers, can get any diameter you want, pretty much.





-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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