A wooden-hinged box in wenge and bird's eye maple

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 01-12-2012 11:53 PM 5096 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have mentioned before, Mrs YS’s love of the craft of knitting. She’s an active member of knitting’s equivalent of Lumberjocks. It’s called (with over 1.4 million members!). Who said knitting is dead?

Anyhow, I bought her some very expensive Knitpro 14” wooden knitting needles for Christmas. They’re wooden, and a real thing of beauty…

They are too good to keep in a plastic bag, so I made her the box shown here.

It hasn’t photographed at all well. Maybe the light/dark contrast of the two timbers I used? They’re wenge for the box and bird’s eye maple for the lid. It all looks much better in the flesh. The hinges are my oft-used style. How-I-do-it is shown here

Dimensions are around 19” x 6” x 4” and the hinge pin is made from…. a pair of knitting needles of course.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 12:13 AM

Beautiful Stewart. The contrasting woods on this box work extremely well together, and I think the type of hinge you used is very appropriate and important to get the most out of the colors and design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 12:28 AM

Stewart: A great looking box for a precious gift.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 12:32 AM

Beautiful box. I love the hinge.



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#4 posted 01-13-2012 12:38 AM

A fitting box for such beautiful knitting needles.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 12:40 AM

next project to make her a new set of knitting needles?

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 01:36 AM

Amazing! How did you drill the hinge?

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 01:38 AM

Beautiful, great combination

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 03:37 AM

Another beautiful box and you know how much I love those hinges! The knitting needles are pretty special but I hope my wife doesn’t discover them. It would be a nice present for her however. How “expensive”?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 04:41 AM

Great box Stewart. I’m sure the needles will be cozy in there.
The hinges are great. The table saw cut or router cut or whatever.
They just make great sense.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 05:04 AM

Definitely an eye catcher. Never used Wenge. I’m too Cheap! This should put you in good with your wife. Nice photography in terms of setting.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 05:20 AM

Unique box and great combination of woods.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 06:20 AM

a refreshing take on a box

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 06:29 AM

Handmade is always better. And this one will be cherished for a long time and passed down to many generations. Well done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 06:35 AM

Love the wood combo, it looks great.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#15 posted 01-13-2012 07:04 AM

Beautiful box Love that birds eye maple.


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