Pyramid textured box

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Project by splintergroup posted 11-29-2020 03:37 PM 1736 views 11 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of those experiments that just happen every now and then.

I’m a big fan of the Klausian (Kiefer) boxes and some time back I experimented with creating a surface that emulated his boxes of 1000 saw cuts.

Anyway, I recently found this experiment while dusting the shop and it was a good opportunity to make something from it.

Basically I used a bunch of random veneers and thin cutoffs and layered them into a stack with some long ago expired glue. Exactly the same way a cutting board is often constructed. I ice-cream sandwiched the finished result with walnut for the chunky caps.

I intended to use my 3/8” box joint blade set to 45 degrees to plow out the grooves since it has always given me tearout free cuts in situations like these. I aligned all the grain in this glue-up to go in the same direction and I made the crosscuts first followed by the rips to clean up any tearout that may happen. Of course I expected some warping but it was minimal and taken care of by the DS. I dulled the pyramid tips a tad with my ROS.

Final thickness is 5/8”, danish oil, about 9” x 4-1/2”.

The Box

I made this up as I went along. The lid was panelized by splining into a walnut frame. I also used frame/panel construction for the other parts.
Box sides are zebra wood glue-ups I also found buried in the shop dust, the interior tray is apricot.

End caps are a gnarly cutoff from a piece of walnut, knot holes filled w/epoxy mixed with turquoise mica.

That mica makes a wood shop look like an elementary school art class after the “glitter” projects are complete 8^)

I still have a goodly stash of copper rivets so I bedazzled the exterior “just because”.

The box interior has a leather lined bottom and everything received a shellacking (no oil)

Thanks for stopping by!

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#1 posted 11-29-2020 03:44 PM

Wow, check this out. It awesome. Great job on the designing. It’s really beautiful.
You gave Klaus some competition on this one.

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

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 03:49 PM

So beautiful! And I adore the figure in that walnut!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 03:59 PM

Dang Bruce!
Absolutely Gorgeous! Really excellent craftsmanship blended with a lot of creativity.
Can’t believe that was just laying around in the dust. Great box and all the features are so balanced that they all compliment each other. The mica epoxy on the side really helps tie it all together.
Great work and excellent wood choices.
I really like this box!

edit: I had to come back say how GORGEOUS this box is again.

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 04:21 PM

Thank you Dave, Steven, and Jon 8^)

The dust is thick in my workspace, plenty of treasures still buried!

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#5 posted 11-29-2020 05:36 PM

Lots of character in this one. Nice job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-29-2020 06:21 PM

damn splint that top came out incredible,i think you need to experiment more often,man thats a winner winner chicken dinner.beautiful work.

-- 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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#7 posted 11-29-2020 06:35 PM

Nice experiment, indeed! Well done, splint!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 11-29-2020 06:59 PM

Fantastic and original. That top is over the top. How did you get the cuts on the bottom of the pyramids at such (CLEAN) 46 degrees.

The photography is great as usual.

Keep experimenting.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 11-29-2020 07:14 PM

Wow. This is awesome. Have to ask – do you have an idea of how many hours it took?? And had to smile as you note finding the wood in your shop!! You must have a great variety of “left overs” – again wow!

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#10 posted 11-29-2020 07:21 PM

This experiment turn out beautiful. Well done!

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#11 posted 11-29-2020 07:23 PM

That is really nice, definitely inspires me to give it a try.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 11-29-2020 07:30 PM

Very cool! Shows how great things can come from a mere “experiment”.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#13 posted 11-29-2020 08:28 PM

“Basically I used a bunch of random veneers and thin cutoffs and layered them into a stack with some long ago expired glue. Exactly the same way a cutting board is often constructed. I ice-cream sandwiched the finished result with walnut for the chunky caps.”

Not sure which I am liking more, this incredible box, or your write up of it?

I’ll be spending most of this coming week looking for “expired glue” in hopes I can make something as awe inspiring as this.

Grand slam Bruce, just outa here. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 11-29-2020 09:06 PM

That is way cool, Great Job!

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

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#15 posted 11-29-2020 09:24 PM

Great looking box, really like the top. Great experiment.

-- Eric, building the dream

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