Unter Den Linden

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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 01-29-2021 09:27 AM 1556 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one has been sitting on the bench unfinished for quite some time, as I was engaged in building a fishpond for the Wife´s Christmas present. Finally got around to tying up the loose ends yesterday. Still need to do a finish coat of wax-blend to tighten everything up.

The final result has practically 0% in common with my original design.

Made of Linden and Purpleheart. In the US you will call Linden – Basswood.

Originally, the top registered into the carcass with matching bevels, but a series of unfortunate events led to a redesign; and I took the easy way out and just glued on some strips of purpleheart.

The four-way peak of purpleheart is a sufficient and comfortable-to-grip pull to remove the top.

The interior divider is removable, should client wish to do so.

Roughly, 20cm X 20cm.

Sanded to 1000 grit, the exterior is glass-smooth.

Lined with plush velvet.

The inlays are of German silver, a blend of silver and some other metal like tin or pewter, not sure.

I found alot of really cool stuff for inlays and embellishments from a jewelry supplier, now in stock, like the inlays on this box.

Thanks for viewing!

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 01-29-2021 09:45 AM

Different in many ways. Basswood is Lime here in Western Australia and in the UK – a super close grained timber. Here’s a link for some more metal inlays.

Sorry if I’ve mentioned them before. I’ve got some to try – slice a disc off with a jewellerys piercing saw – stik it in the correct sized hole, file down, sand and polish – endless opportunities I think!

-- Madburg WA

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#2 posted 01-29-2021 10:54 AM

Yes, Mad, thanks.

I have used those mosaic pins in the past, still have some in stock. Borrowed the idea from AndyBB. I have used a hacksaw to cut them, but I think I need to get a jewelers saw – but there are so many choices! Can you recommend one/brand – that I can get in EU, so I dont go and buy some crappy one and regret it?

Your keen eye may have noticed that with one or two of the inlays on this box, the vertical axis is off by a hair, which is extremely annoying, and I aint fixin it.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 01-29-2021 12:20 PM

Pretty, Brian! Basswood and Purple Heart look pretty good together.

As for the slightly crooked inlays, isn’t there a Japanese word for that which makes it sound much less “oops” and more “I meant to do that” ?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 01-29-2021 12:36 PM

Brian, another fine example of imagination gone wild. It’s all super nice but the top is fantastic -

-- 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 01-29-2021 01:38 PM

Great shape/form Brian.
I like the choice of contrasting woods and inlays and my favorite feature is the second lid inside of the box. I like the box within in a box reveal.
It looks great!

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#6 posted 01-29-2021 01:58 PM

Your boxes are always so creative! This one is no exception. Excellent work buddy!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 01-29-2021 02:02 PM

Taking it to another level again I see. Nicely done. I like the pitch of the top combined with the bottom.

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

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#8 posted 01-29-2021 02:40 PM

W.W…..That is absolutely amazing. Once again you have me gushing… a term, now that I think of it, I have never actually used even once in my life. Thanks to your skills and creativity I’ve been forced to delve into an even deeper library of descriptive embellishment and adulation. I don’t even know what adulation means, but it just sounds right…,You my friend, are exceptionally talented.
The “series of unfortunate events” is not unknown to me. I often find that fixing said events adds even more interest than I planned….and can actually turn out to be a “fortunate event.” The case here? Your “save” …as I see it it a plus!
Lovely work Brian!

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

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#9 posted 01-29-2021 03:10 PM

wow thats a very unique design,love how you made the top and wood combo works very well.another art piece.

-- 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 01-29-2021 03:21 PM

Another winner! Always a pleasure to see your work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 01-29-2021 04:01 PM

A very cool box. Really unique shape and design!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 01-29-2021 06:01 PM

Love it Brian! Neat way to create a base and the nesting pyramids effect is a really great way to avoid the trap of too many squares.

This also leaves plenty of surfaces to go hog wild with creative barnacles 8^)

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#13 posted 01-29-2021 08:40 PM

I love uniquely designed and well executed boxes. Nicely done!

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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#14 posted 01-29-2021 09:19 PM

Nice one, Brian!!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#15 posted 01-29-2021 09:41 PM

Very interesting box Brian. Pagoda comes to mind as the best name, and yes it has an interior. You know how I am :-) Nice build

My experience with Linden/Basswood is if you buy the tree, it’s a Linden. If you buy the lumber, it’s Basswood. We had several Lindens growing in the front yard of our last house. I’ve looked for them since we have moved, and keep running into, “we don’t get them since the Emerald Ash Borers came through”??? 2 different animals, yet somehow connected? I love the trees, they grow a dense canopy, with what almost looks like an umbrella shape. Awesome in a rain. The birds would flock to them in harsh weather when the leaves were on. Plus they turn their leaves in the rain, it’s like their mouth is under each leaf instead of the roots.

-- Think safe, be safe

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