Bowtie Box

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Project by griph0n posted 03-20-2011 12:57 AM 2006 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nice little bowties decorating the box. Did Mr. Rodgers wear bowties? Maybe it’s the Mr. Rodgers box.

Now that I can cut real dovetails (whew that’s a relief) it seems ok to use dovetail splines. They’re just fun, not cheap machined imitations.

More scraps of walnut and cherry put to good use. I had a little trouble with the walnut lid cupping up but it seems to have settled out. I tried to skim the same amount off the top and bottom when dimensioning it, and let it sit for a few days, but it went wild when I applied the oil finish. It’s true, the wood’s alive. Maybe some soul going out, or coming back in.

I tried a little math with the dimensions. The golden ratio is easy with a rectangle, bit more of a tangle when it’s a rectangular prism you add a lid and a bottom to. Seems to feel right though. A little irrational, but it makes things more elucid. (Holy crap I have to quit teaching math, makes me too susceptible to bad math puns.)

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#1 posted 03-20-2011 01:52 AM

very elegant, Fibonacci would be proud

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 03-20-2011 02:05 AM

now that is a saweeeeeeet looking box. My eyes are my fib. gauge, but I would love to learn how to use the Fibonacci gauge.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 03-20-2011 04:07 AM

Honestly, I enjoyed the pun and the box is beautiful too!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#4 posted 03-20-2011 04:43 AM

that is a common problem with lids – they don’t want to dry evenly, particularly when they are closed.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 03-20-2011 03:49 PM

The more I build boxes and spend time in the shop I can’t help but realize how hard it is to make a seemingly simple box a beautiful and elegant piece. Looks to me you nailed it with this one. Simple, beautiful, and elegant. Well done Griphon….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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