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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 03-04-2021 10:33 AM 918 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to incorporate glass into boxes for awhile now, and was hesitant because glass is problematic to work with, and one needs some specialized tools which I do not have, nor really want to invest in. Then I found some glass-like plastics that Luthiers use in guitar making for pick guards and inlays and such. So I ordered a bunch of samples. This type of plastiglass has most of the characteristics of glass, high reflectivity, super smooth, yet somewhat flexible, and none of the problems associated with cutting, shaping, polishing real glass. This plastic cuts easily (no melting), and the cut edges sand out easily as well.

The top is a simple half-lap frame, and the plastiglass floats in a second sandwich frame, much like one would trim a windowpane, which registers the top into the box.

The two splines in the front of box are also this plastiglass, and I had wanted to cut the grooves all the way through the joint to allow light from the top to project from the splines. But the small cutoff I had left over wasnt wide enough for that.

Most of the heavy shaping was done with angle grinder and various discs, and the Arbortech Mini Turbo kit.

Box dimensions: 20cm L X 12cm W

Woods used:
Wild Olive

Nothing special for the interior; I will put in a Velvet bottom insert once the oil is sufficiently cured.

Thanks for viewing

And have a great day!

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#1 posted 03-04-2021 11:38 AM

this is such an interesting visual with color and shape that I am without words – this could very well be your museum show piece. I stand in AWE !!

-- 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 03-04-2021 11:40 AM

Great little box, and a interesting design

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 03-04-2021 12:03 PM


Another work of art. I like the contrast in woods, ebonized black? I tend to use a lot of that.

I have tumbled some glass, (like beach glass) but have not experimented with a wood project.

I like the asymmetrical look of the box. Very cool.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 03-04-2021 01:16 PM

Awesome use of materials, great build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-04-2021 01:34 PM

This is a one of a king box. Very inspirational piece to others. Nice work.

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

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#6 posted 03-04-2021 01:40 PM

Very creative. I especially like the ‘glass’

-- Roger

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#7 posted 03-04-2021 01:40 PM

Interesting box, Brian. I like the shape, even without the plastic inlay.

I’d encourage you to try glass, though. Other than cutting it the first time or two, it’s not bad to work with. I cut museum glass for frames fairly regularly. I spent a bit on a good quality glass cutter, and a few pairs of white cotton gloves for keeping fingerprints and sawdust off the glass. Mostly I don’t worry about smoothing the cut edges, but I’ve also got some diamond sanding pads for glass, and it only takes a few swipes to take away the worst of the sharp edge.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 03-04-2021 03:01 PM

Very nicely done Brian. I do like the incorporation of other materials into some pieces and this is a great example. That plastiglass fits the piece very well :-) Can you share a link or more specifics on that material? It looks and sounds interesting.

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

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#9 posted 03-04-2021 04:10 PM

Nice work (again) – I especially like the assymetry of the legs. Great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 03-04-2021 04:23 PM

Should not be surprised to see another beauty from you. You did it again. Just super design and craftsmanship. A real inspiration.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 03-04-2021 04:32 PM

You went a few extra miles with this one Brian!
First off, that olive is awesome, lemme guess, pulled from a pile of slash piled up near your door? 8^)

Good idea trying the plastic, I know that once the glass is set, there really is nothing you can do to further shape it without specialized tools. I wish you had enough to try the through-splines, the effect would be very interesting to see.
Of course I may have to “borrow” this idea at some point, (Bwahahahaha! to good not to! 8^)

Everything else looks standard “Brian”, the eyes just can’t stay locked in one place, too many details to check out and explore.

You da man!

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#12 posted 03-04-2021 04:52 PM

That’s wild! I like it.

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

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#13 posted 03-04-2021 06:05 PM

Thanks Kenny!

This is where I get lots of stuff. But they are in UK.

If you search Celluloid for guitar inlays, you can find lots of stuff.

There is another product called Dichrolam, which is some type of glass laminate. No experience with it, but looks cool, many different types of textures/colours. Cuchillos means Knife Scales in Spanish.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#14 posted 03-04-2021 06:46 PM

Cool, thanks Brian. Lots of cool stuff under that search on Amazon. Cheap enough to experiment with too :-)

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

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#15 posted 03-04-2021 06:46 PM

To one of the best makers here for very interesting boxes, this is your best IMHO to date. That creation kicks some major buttocks. Here and now I will state I plan to use some of those ideas, because they are too cool not to.

Incredible build Brian. I loved it before I ever read a word, and knew about the plastic used. Those feet alone send it over the moon

-- Think safe, be safe

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