Yin and Yang

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Yin and Yang....Two boxes, two woods. Walnut with oak splines and leaf vein and Oak box with walnut splines and leaf vein. I was asked to make a pair of matching boxes for a couple’s wedding gift. So often, wedding gifts are not quite aimed with both people in mind. The person who ordered the boxes wanted each to have a gift of their own. The boxes are approx. 5.5×8.5 inches, lids are hinged with hidden pins and finished with hand-rubbed poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 05:24 PM

Your really good at these leaf boxes. how did you make the leave’s? thanks!

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 05:25 PM

Very well executed. The leaf is very appealing and definitely adds interest.

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 05:46 PM

Very nice. Gifts that will be treasured for a long time to come. I too would like to know more about how the leaves were done.

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 05:57 PM

Nice boxes and I like the lid’s handle.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 06:31 PM

Very nice, love the handles adds such great detail!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 06:36 PM

Elegant! Really classy. That’s what hand-crafted is all about.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 06:43 PM

Two more nice ones. What do you do with the inside?

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 11:04 PM

To answer the question about the making of the leaves; I make a leaf that matches the actual leaf of the tree from which the wood comes. I start with two 1/4 inch pieces of stock about 4 inches square. I glue the two face to face with the grain running at 90 degrees to each other, gluing only at two opposite corners. When the glue has set, I draw a meandering line from one unglued corner to the other, representing the center vein of the leaf. I bandsaw on the line and then cut off the glued corners. Now you have four leaf halves. The top right hand piece will mate with the bottom left hand piece (and vise-versa), with the grain of each half running at 45 degrees to the center. You can edge glue the two halves, or you can introduce a very thin piece of contrasting stock as a center vein. After the glue up, draw on your leaf pattern, and then cut it out on a band or scroll saw. I contour the upper surface with a dremel tool with a sanding sleeve and back-bevel the underside of the edge to give the illusion of thinness. So, you end up with the makings for two leaves, and the grain will simulate the radial veins coming off the center vein of the leaf. I glue the leaf to the box lid with the tip overlapping the edge of the box to act as a handle and lid stop. Good luck and have fun.

-- jbschutz

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 11:15 PM

Thanks! Jb great! Ideas.

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#10 posted 01-18-2011 11:21 PM

Very nice… I like this a lot.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 11:25 PM

That’s a very nice and unusual pair of boxes. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 11:53 PM

Beautiful set of boxes and thanks for the trick of your trade.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 01:40 AM

Very inspiring, to have a ‘natural basic shape’ with a depiction of something actually natural on it. Great contrast, makes the box more elegant in its simplicity, and the leaves somewhat come alive. Gorgeous.

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#14 posted 01-21-2011 10:01 PM

Okay, my first post here on LJ’s.
I really like the leaves!
I just read and read and read your explanation about creating them…..and I still don’t understand it.
I just can’t visualize it.
Perhaps it’s my english.

Maybe someone can help?

Again: Very beautiful boxes!

Greetz, a starting woodworker from Holland.

-- Bas, Holland

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#15 posted 10-28-2011 03:39 PM

Super job. Great description of the leaves!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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