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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 10-15-2020 07:58 AM 1771 views 7 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest in my drawer box line.

I had some 1cm thick poplar stock most would have tossed on the burn pile; it was checked, warped, cupped, and twisted. While I was rummaging through my stash to find wood for another box, I noticed that the two boards that make up the carcass of this box had a really sweet bookmatch. So I put them aside, thinking, well, maybe I will try to sort them out into something decent some day. Some day eventually arrived, and I ended up with something I could use just a hair over 5mm thickness. So the top is bookmatch, and the sides waterfall.

The chatoyance on this poplar is other wordly; I couldnt manage to capture it in these photos.

I actually had to do some math for this one.

For the base, I had originally intended to do alot of scrolling so only the extreme four corners touched surface. Then it occured to me, hey, if I put a bottom in this, I can then create a secret compartment. The box and base auto align with RE magnets that are so strong, if I hover the box above the base at 3cm or so the magnetic attraction will lift the base off the table and they become one.

I split the drawer half-wise, and opens from either end, thus, no need for rails.

Dimensions: 23cm X 14cm X 4cm deep. The secret compartment is just about 3cm deep.
Poplar and Recycle1943 American walnut.
Drawer pulls are solid brass from Prokraft, UK.
Finish: 2 X Linseed oil; beeswax buff.

The slope for the base is 22.5º, if someone can figure what the bevel for the mitres are for the poplar at the corners, I will tip my hat and salute.

Thanks for viewing.

And have a great day!

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#1 posted 10-15-2020 09:57 AM

Beautiful box, both the design and the wood.

-- Roger

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#2 posted 10-15-2020 11:35 AM

Nice design, and that’s why I tend not to throw warped lumber away. It usually has something like the chatoyance or crazy grain to make up for not being straight. Good job finding a use for it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 10-15-2020 11:38 AM

inversetan ( tan(22.5) / sin(45) ) = 30.37 deg :)

I would love to see that wood figure in real life, beautiful.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#4 posted 10-15-2020 11:50 AM

Brian, The top is fantastic. The walnut accents highlight an outstanding disign – once again, more features than most boxes deserve
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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#5 posted 10-15-2020 12:07 PM

Clever way to transform disfigured wood into a highly figured masterpiece. Bravo!

-- Chiropractors are also good with Knots...

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#6 posted 10-15-2020 01:02 PM

Excellent work on the top of the box Brian. Great design all around and a perfect way to show all wood is good wood.

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

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#7 posted 10-15-2020 01:11 PM

inversetan ( tan(22.5) / sin(45) ) = 30.37 deg :)

I would love to see that wood figure in real life, beautiful.

- drsurfrat

Oh no! Not trigonometry! Run away! Run away!

Despite my aversion to all things that require such consideration, basically because I am, and have always been hopelessly inept at such things…I love your box WW! The wood of course…is beautiful, but I also like the description of your thought process while making it. And truth…I’m a sucker for magnets. You really had me at magnets,

Lovely work…and exceptionally interesting post. A new word for the day for me too…“chatoyance.” Nice!
Thanks for posting! ; )

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

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#8 posted 10-15-2020 02:04 PM

You have a true hoarders heart Brian, I would have had that poplar burned within a week 8^)

It wouldn’t matter what type of wood that was, the grain and ripples make it worthy. I like the way you divided the top and placed in those whatchamacallits to break up any squareness.

Cool idea with the hollow base but chances are unless you tell any future owner about it, they’ll never find it!

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#9 posted 10-15-2020 02:10 PM

very cool box and that top is outstanding,wow that would have been a crime to burn.ive always found the worse the wood looks the better it comes out in the finish,this proves that.nice work again brian.

-- 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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#10 posted 10-15-2020 02:11 PM


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

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#11 posted 10-15-2020 03:47 PM

LOVELY box Brian! That is the nicest poplar I think I’ve laid eyes on :-) The secret compartment is a nice touch too. Great design and wood selections. The bookmarked poplar on the top split by the curvy walnut frame gives a bunch of straight lines a very relaxed visual appeal.

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

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#12 posted 10-15-2020 04:37 PM


-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 10-15-2020 04:39 PM


That is some wild wood! I also like the design, how you did the top is really cool!

-- Petey

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#14 posted 10-15-2020 05:04 PM

Beautiful bookmatching on the lid!
Very cool design and the secret compartment is great.

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#15 posted 10-15-2020 05:08 PM

Another beauty. I’m waiting for you to post something made from a 2×4 and duct tape.

Is that the Wenge that had the white spots?

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

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