Stringline box - QS Mahogany and Curly Maple

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Project by Kalijah posted 03-30-2011 08:32 AM 2823 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another one of my Stringline boxes that was made for a good friend of mine’s daughter. I showed him the other Stringline box that I did and he wanted one for his daughter except with a lift off lid. I like to make funky carved handles for my boxes and he liked them, however wanted me to make one with an arch and keep it simple. So I had to take my creative juices down a notch.

The woods used are:
Quarter Sawn African Mahogany – Body and Center stripe on lid
Curly maple – Base, bottom, and sides of lid
Maple – Stringlines
Walnut – Tray sides
Zebrawood – tray bottom
Padauk – tray bottom

The finish is BLO and spray can Shellac. Buffed with 0000 steel wool and paste waxed. Simple, easy to maintain, clear and beautiful.

The tray slides on an offcut from a cutting board i made and it seems to be liked by most people i show my work to, I’ve used it on quite a few of my boxes, and I feel it adds that little bit of something extra to the inside of a box. The box is rather big for me usually and the body measures 17”x10”x7”. I wish i had a picture of my buddies daughter when she recieved it. She was very happy to say the least.

Oh yeah, if you are terrible at taking pictures (like me), just wait until the sun is just right outside to showcase the grain and it’ll make your stuff look great.

Once again thanks to NewTim for the inspiration and a great blog on how to make these and thanks for looking!

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#1 posted 03-30-2011 09:11 AM

Very nice box. Beautiful contrast, how did you make the stringlines?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 03-30-2011 09:48 AM

You box makers are killing me. LOL Man this is nice! Love the lines and color of wood. A job well done bro!

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 10:52 AM

Really well made project, fantastic, this place just keeps getting better

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 11:10 AM

Devann – look up NewTim for his blog about how to make them or just look at my other stringline box. Its kindof a pictorial of the process. I used 8/4 material with 1/16” maple for the banding. Draw some curvey lines (not tooo squiggly though) and cut them on your bandsaw in one smoothe motion and then glue it all back together with the “inlay” wood sandwiched between. Repeat as many times as you like. Bookmatch the board, cut your sides and make sure to label which side is long or short and then miter the inside corners.

TIP: Use a thin kerf blade when cutting the long side from the short side to minimize wood loss so you have a better transition on the corner and the “inlay” flows nicely.

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 11:36 AM

Very beautiful box..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 12:21 PM

Great Piece of Work, my Friend!!
I love the handle and the trays are a pretty surprise inside… Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 12:34 PM

This is a great looking box that I am sure your friend’s daughter enjoyed receiving. The string lines and different woods transform this box from ordinary to extraordinary.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 02:20 PM

Outstanding…. simply gorgeous!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 03:11 PM

Nice string work and interesting tray.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 05:38 PM

Very nice, I really like the design with the lines.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 10:32 PM

Wonderful craftsmanship, what a great job.

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#12 posted 03-31-2011 03:05 PM

Very nice stringwork.

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#13 posted 03-31-2011 04:50 PM

Sharp looking box, well crafted with beautiful wood combination, the base is real nice, looks good all around, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#14 posted 05-27-2011 07:47 AM

Okay, now it makes sense….

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#15 posted 01-14-2015 12:37 AM

Beautiful work!

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