Classic Combo

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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 03-16-2021 10:21 AM 1291 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cant go wrong with the old classic combo of Walnut and Maple, especially when the Maple has extraordinary character, like this here wood here.

Graceful curves gives this simple piece a bit of flair.

The Maple is guitar-neck stock.

I used a single mosaic pin inlay to define a Front. (which is slightly off axis, again. Lol).

Dimensions: 26cm L X 8cm W X 6cm deep.

Lined with chocolate brown Horween leather (which I havent glued in yet, waiting for the oil to cure and a wax buff).

Yes, I know there is router burn still in the finger grip for the top – it is a feature, not a bug. Like antiquing, or something.

It probably would have been a good idea to use SplinterG´s method of prefinishing some areas before assembly!

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 03-16-2021 11:16 AM

You are prolific maker – looks good. Great to see a bit of the mosaic rivet. Think I might have put a few more around it to make them more of feature. Have look on AliExpress for knife handles, they do some amazing small bits of timber suitable for knife handles or bits of a guitar – purple and black sandalwood for starters – and its cheap.

-- Madburg WA

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 03-16-2021 11:45 AM

You box is ready to go tobogganing! I like the simple curves. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-16-2021 12:20 PM

great find with the maple – Dave is right, the ski base is quite interesting. Really like the reverse curves on the lid and base

-- 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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#4 posted 03-16-2021 01:00 PM

The classic wood combo is always a favorite. Nice flared out design with slide ability.

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

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#5 posted 03-16-2021 01:09 PM

Mmmmmm, MapleNut :-) Love the soft curves and the sleek art deco vibe. Well formed man!

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2021 01:14 PM

Wonderful box, like the maple and walnut combo. Nice craftsmanship.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 03-16-2021 01:24 PM

Oh Wow! That is phenomenal WW! Simple curves, contemporary design. The mosaic…nothing gaudy, just a lovely point of interest. The maple grain is perfect! Instead of something curly and dramatic that might confuse the eye, the straight grain adds to the overall symmetry of the piece and the flecking makes it “pop.” So different in design from your last beautiful box, but just as wonderful.

You are a talented cornucopia of varying and diverse design WW!
Another for my favorites list. Thanks for sharing!

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

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#8 posted 03-16-2021 02:06 PM

man that is just pure elegance,love the simple smooth lines.the wood just makes this one work so well,love that touch of the one mosaic pin and more would not have worked as well.this is a winner 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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#9 posted 03-16-2021 02:27 PM

Love the nicely balanced Walnut outside of that chaotic Maple, looks like radio waves. The skis kick major buttocks too. :-)

Another grand slam.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 03-16-2021 02:38 PM

Another beauty!

Very cool!! Love the rivit, excellent idea…Very subtle…

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

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#11 posted 03-16-2021 03:56 PM

Did you notice some router burns in the finger grooves? 8^)

Sweet Brian, I was going to call out sycamore on the first glance, great way to show off that grain with this design.
For some reason when I saw the picture on the projects page, I immediately thought of an older radio, something about the shape I suppose. Very few straight cuts on this, your TS must be getting lonely! Do you do the large curves (ex. the ends) with templates or free hand?
What is a horween? One of those Seuss characters everyone is trying to make extinct 8^)

Certainly I’d say you need more or larger mosaics, that is a neat feature that gets somewhat lost in the grain.

Another fine box Brian, kudos!

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#12 posted 03-16-2021 04:22 PM

Awesome work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 03-16-2021 04:27 PM

+1 I like all aspects of the design and it is beautiful… This is something that I would stop and look at. Is fair to say it would also make an “Urn”. (respectfully)

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#14 posted 03-16-2021 08:42 PM

Muchas Gracisimas a:

Mad Martin

Dave P. I think tobagganing round here would be a bumpy, and possibly painful experience.

Dick B.


Kenny Kenny.


RCC. Wow, you managed to get the word “cornucopia” in a sentence! Nice. Oh, and I saw your comment on the last box, just didnt repond. So thanks for that one too.



Mtn Jack.

Splinty. I have some curly sycamore in stock now, wait till you see that. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I do the majority of shaping on a belt-sander clamped in its side. And alot of creative, laborious filing. My tabletop bandsaw sucks, and the sanding drums I bought for my drill press also suck.

Those Dr. Seuss Horweens have been Cancelled, musnt mention them ever again. In this case, Horween leather is manufactured in Chicago, and is the Most Expensive leather in the World.



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

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#15 posted 03-16-2021 08:44 PM


Another work of art. I saved to favs. Would it be ok If I borrowed some of the really nice design elements?

Love it.

-- Petey

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