Box Guy's Sunrise at the Beach

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Project by Boxguy posted 04-24-2012 09:54 AM 3718 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Story: I had this great piece of Paduk sapwood and the longer I looked at it, the more it looked like a beach scene. Walking out to the shop late one sleepless night there was a full moon. Then it came to me that I could make a moon on the top of the box that would serve as a handle and a stop.

Wood: I sized this sliding lid box to fit my Paduk scrap. So it wound up being about 15×6x7. The top is Paduk and Movingui. The sides are American Walnut with Movingui splines. Since they get a lot of touching, I finish my boxes with several coats of wipe on poly topped with a coating of Johnson’s Paste Wax.

Techniques: I turned and polished the “moon” as a sort of mushroom shape letting the “stem” stay on the back and extend through a hole drilled into the top of the box beneath the top’s thickness. I glued it on as the final step after the box was assembled and had a finish. The stem acts as a stop to keep the lid from sliding off when opened because it hits the side of the box on the inside. The moon acts as a handle to open the box saving wear on the more fragile end. 45ing the end means that as you close the sliding lid it fits tight and leaves no crack because the needed slack for sliding is centered.

Critique: The three dimensional look of the top is functional and decorative. The grain and color of the movingui makes a great moon. The box is a little longer than good proportions would dictate, but I didn’t want to cut the top board. I like the way the rounded walnut sides frame the top.

As always, thanks for looking and a special thanks for commenting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 11:24 AM

That piece of Padauk has found its perfect final resting place. It’s why you couldn’t sleep.
That’s also a nice new inventive take on a handle for this type of box with the added luster of our ever present dreamer in the sky. It’s one of my favourite details on one of my own projects.
I think the length is just fine but would perhaps have made the box ever so slightly less tall. Just my own personal preference.
A very fine build with the warmth of the walnut rounding it off nicely.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 01:37 PM

Nicely done and I like the design.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 05:14 PM

Beautiful box and nice creative application of the natural beauty of the wood.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 06:34 PM

I don’t think there could be a negative critique that would hold any weight here. It’s a sweet, tight lil box.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 09:24 PM

It’s a beautiful box and the moon makes it perfect. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 10:30 PM

Really nice Guy, and another great example why we never throw away scrap!

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 04-25-2012 12:51 AM

Very nice thoughtful right up.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#8 posted 04-25-2012 01:39 AM

Cool design with some beautiful woods. When I first saw it I thought you had ‘trapped’ a turned ball in the lid so that it could spin. Maybe next time.

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

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#9 posted 04-25-2012 01:53 AM

Nice effect. The moon looks like a big water droplet magnifying the grain underneath. Well done

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 02:01 AM


I like the trapped ball idea, thanks.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 04-25-2012 04:35 AM

don’t know what the heck “movingui” wood is; but it looks nice.
great box design, the moon does look like a water droplet.

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#12 posted 04-25-2012 04:53 AM

Door Dude,

This movingui tree grew on a sunny hillside in Ghana, Africa. I got it as left over backer boards after they had turned the rest of the log into figured veneer. I let it air dry for two years and now I can use it as great material for boxes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 04-25-2012 12:40 PM

Very nice. I likes it. Plus, top-3…....... yea !!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 11-22-2012 06:57 PM

I really like the overall dimensions. A box like this could hold some of my scrolls….

-- BD, where bad wood finds a home. Va

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#15 posted 04-10-2013 12:07 PM

Really beautiful, and such a great visual with the top. Love it!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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