Lift Lid Box

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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 10-24-2020 08:18 AM 871 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Compact keepsake box, influenced by Japanese minimalist design.

Woods used:

QS Sycamore
Macassar Ebony

Pernambuco has an interesting characteristic in that it bleeds bright red when it comes in contact with water. Not so with oil, however.

Dimensions: 14cm X 14cm X 4.5cm deep.

Oiled and waxed finish

Smaller compartment lined with velvet.

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 10-24-2020 09:27 AM

Beautiful box. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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#2 posted 10-24-2020 10:31 AM

Yes Brian, another beautiful box. I thought the sycamore was going to be the highlighted lumber then with the lid off the Pernambuco took over.
Great idea to break the box with the 2 different colors, it really makes all 3 woods stand out

-- 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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#3 posted 10-24-2020 11:06 AM

I’m confused as to how the lid works. Can you show it separately?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Roger Gaborski

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#4 posted 10-24-2020 11:36 AM

Beautiful box.
Which references do you use for Japanese minimalist design?

-- Roger

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 10-24-2020 11:39 AM

There’s a lot to like about this one. The combination of colors is something, and the racing stripe really makes it pop.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 10-24-2020 12:16 PM


That box is very interesting and very well done.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 10-24-2020 12:43 PM

Beautiful box Brian. That’s sharp how the wood colors blend into each other. Nice selection of wood.

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

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#8 posted 10-24-2020 02:30 PM

I like the box on a tray concept. Total surprise to see the lift off lid expose the cool inner goodies!

Nice color combo, t’would make a fine tea box for a tea set.

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#9 posted 10-24-2020 02:57 PM

Both are beautiful, but personally I love the Sycamore.

Are the boxes attached to the tray, or merely sitting on it?

Also I am interested as well about how the lid works. I thought it to be a friction fit, but couldn’t understand that, and the center divider inside.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 10-24-2020 03:29 PM

Beautiful selection of woods and the surprise interior with the is fantastic.
Really like the curved pernambuco lips and the ebony supports on the bottom.

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#11 posted 10-24-2020 03:42 PM

Very cool! I’m not sure what part of this box I like the best. All so creative. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 10-24-2020 05:02 PM

simply beautiful brian,ditto to all said.

-- 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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#13 posted 10-24-2020 06:08 PM

Thankful salute to:

Bernard in Belgium.

Mr. Byrd.

Jim in Georgia. Think of it like two boxes, one fits over the other. The inner box is fixed to the base.

Roger G. My chief resource for design is Pinterest. Then, if I have the name of a maker, or want to investigate a certain technique, I go to google as follow-up.

Dave Pop!



Splint. Tea boxes are on the to-do list, someday.

SteveN. More like a piston fit, the inner box is fixed. The outer box-lid can also be used upside down as a box in its own right.

Johnny Wolf.

Johnny Awesome.

Pottz!!! Last, but most definitely not least.

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

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#14 posted 10-24-2020 06:11 PM

Gorgeous Brian! Ditto to Pottz’s ditto!

...Yeah, like I could leave it at that….The QS sycamore is amazing. Funny, we have tons of Sycamore down here but don’t see it as available lumber. Might just have to “make” my own. The pernambuco seems very similar to the blood I can find here. Beautiful use of the contrasting materials and a wonderfully unique box…especially with the fore an aft trim details.
My imagination kind of wants to put a paddle wheel on it and a couple of smoke stacks, add some gamblers and ladies of ill repute and send it down the Mighty Mississippi piloted by a miniature Mark Twain.
I have a weird imagination, huh?

Exceptional as usual…but for me, this one really sings. ; ) Lovely!

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

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#15 posted 10-24-2020 10:33 PM

Beautiful box, I love inside as much as the outside of the box.

-- Dennis Zongker

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