3D Pattern Keepsake Zigzag box

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Project by oldrivers posted 06-09-2021 05:26 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this box by request for a Father’s Day gift for a Lady in LA (Lower Alabama) The instructions were for the box to be 18” X 16” X 8” high with the Zigzag pattern.
After struggling with the design, I finely Decided to frame the box with Black Walnut. The 3-D pattern is Cherry and Maple with the Black Walnut accent line. The bottom, of the box is solid Black Walnut. The Top of the Box is Book matched Black Walnut. The Zigzag Pattern flows around the Box matching at the corners of the box as I think they should, for appearance and Craftsmanship detail. I used Highpoint Solid Brass hardware for the hinges and the lift knob. The finish is Rubio Mono Coat it comes out very smooth and even. Thanks for looking and may you have a Blessed day.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 05:33 PM

Very nicely done, Oldrivers! Having the pattern hit the corners like that makes the box look extra-dizzying.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 06-09-2021 05:37 PM

beautiful work rivers looks like a lot of work in that one.well done my friend.

-- 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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#3 posted 06-09-2021 05:38 PM

Thanks !

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 06-09-2021 05:42 PM

All I can say is WOW!! Well done.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#5 posted 06-09-2021 05:51 PM

Wow, impressive and super nice. I would have liked to see some built photos, I’m curious about the sequence of assembly, how the side components were made.
Super nice, I’m sure the client is happy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 06-09-2021 05:57 PM

Wow !!! this is very well done,, you just remind me to make a box sometime, there is so many things to do, and admiring someone’ s work is very pleasing, thanks for showing, have a good day in the shop.

-- andrek

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#7 posted 06-09-2021 05:58 PM

Let me add my WOW! to the accolades already posted here. VERY well done my friend. The One who made us all must have guided your hands.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 06-09-2021 06:04 PM


Excellent work!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#9 posted 06-09-2021 06:54 PM

Great work! This may be a stupid question, but is the 3-d pattern a parquetry?

-- Cal Noguchi

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#10 posted 06-09-2021 07:28 PM

Daiku I hadn’t thought of it that way but I suppose you are right seeing that parquetry is the creation of a design or image that is made using blocks or strips of wood. The patter begins with strips of varying type of Wood.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 06-09-2021 09:09 PM


Very cool box! I am wondering how you laid out the pattern to have it match in the corners. Head hurts thinking about it.

Well done!

-- Petey

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#12 posted 06-09-2021 10:03 PM

I suppose it was a providential thing, but on the Mathematical side the sections have to be the proper dimensions for the cut line to equal the proper length and width of the box at a proper cut line. Some of this can be matched up by moving the cutline left or right to achieve the right cut for the pattern to match at the corners as it flows around the box. I don’t have a formula for that (sorry about that)

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 06-10-2021 01:14 AM

Well done. I had to really look close to see the corners. It is amazing what can be done with woods with different colors and grain. I always struggle with what to call it – is it inlay, marquetry, or parquetry? Whatever is is you can call it cool.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#14 posted 06-10-2021 02:54 AM

Gorgeous box, very striking!

-- Ron Stewart

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#15 posted 06-10-2021 05:56 AM

Great workmanship. I’d assumed the outside surface was veneered until I saw the second last photo.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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