Box- David Charlesworth Exercise

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Project by Johnnyblot posted 03-26-2012 02:44 PM 2512 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box- in English Pear and American Walnut end plugs. Shellac finish.

I’m very fond of this box. I made it during my 12 weeks with David Charlesworth, in Hartland North Devon.
If you look closely at it you will see that the design comes from the old oilstone sharpening box! Although on the face of it this looks like a simple box but it was a real head scratcher.
During the making- particular attention had to be paid to which way the grain was running so the box and the plugs were in the correct orientation when it came to planing the surfaces?
The main body was cut from one piece of Pear. This is a beautiful timber [unsteamed] and has a lovely warm pink colour to it- [color to our american cousins:-)]. Of course the Walnut adds the coffee to the cream :-)
The plugs had to be carefully shaped [shooting board] to get the correct tapers and chamfers and of course carefully marked out with knife lines, then chiselled out.
The linings are also walnut which was produced by using a scratch-stock, then ripping and planing down to correct thickness. The finish is blonde shellac to a matt finish.
This was a great exercise and discipline in many technigues- all in a box.
I hope you enjoy looking at it?


-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 03:10 PM

Very nice! I love the walnut lining inside.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 07:27 PM

Nicely done.

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

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 07:48 PM

There’s some precision work in that beautiful box John. That must have been quite a challenge to do. I really like it. It looks simple until you start thinking about the process.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 09:53 PM

I just gott echo the preiovus post, precision, beauty; I’ll add impressive

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 12:00 AM

Beautifully done. I enjoyed looking at such a beautiful piece. Thank you.

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 01:49 AM


This is impressive. I was surprised by the view of the box when opened. I expected a veneer inlay and instead there was this wonderful hand worked joinery. It blew me away. I can see that this would be an ideal design for holding a whet stone. What a perfectly realized concept. This is an exercise in patience with a purpose.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 04:34 AM

So simple and understated in its design, yet so beautiful a box. Spectacular workmanship too. It’s great!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 01:19 PM

Hi Folks
Thank you all for your interest and encouragement.
This box- which you will have seen many times before holding old oil sharpening stones is a typical exercise that David does with his students. With David Charlesworth as your tutor you can’t fail to do a good job. David’s students have produced many of these in varying sizes and different woods over the years.
Working with the English Pear wood was absolutely gorgeous. I must try to find some so I can make more boxes someday:-)


-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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