Another Box

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Project by Brice1 posted 05-17-2012 01:40 PM 5411 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was inspired by Andrew Crawford’s truly exceptional Cufflink Box. My wife saw it and wanted one – to use for storage of her vast knitting needle collection.

The core is MDF and white oak. The burled oak veneer was a bit difficult to work and I received some much needed help from Roger Bean in resolving a few cosmetic issues. The finish is French Polish.

The five drawers are operated by lifting one of the zebrawood finials located in the top compartment. I used clock springs and parts to operate the drawer openers and locks… works great.

The interior is lined with a burgundy suede leather. I had difficulty in locating a supplier of suede, or at least one that offered a wide selection of colors. Finally found a fabric supplier in NYC. They have a great selection of products and the service is excellent. Here’s a link to their website:

When reviewing a project on LJ, I often wish that sources of supply were listed. Accordingly, I’ll post my sources for the materials used on this one.

Veneer: http:/ – great vendor with wide selection and good pricing. Website is simple to navigate and there are great product photos.

Hardware: – The locks and escutcheon are from Whitechapel Hardware. Nice selection for period hardware, and reasonably priced.

Hinges: – These are andrew Crawford’s SmartHinge. All I can say is WOW – these things install like a dream, and the quality is exceptional. I can highly recommend them…

Inlay: I bought the bandings from Matt Furjanic are Matt made the bandings to my specs and did a fantastic job. Great prices, and very prompt delivery. If you haven’t bought from Matt – stop by his site and check it out.

Maker’s Mark: – Although I did not include a photo – the Maker’s Mark coin was custome made by Viti at Makers-Marks in the UK. He has great pricing but the exchange rate is a killer. He takes his time in design and is willing to work with you to achieve what you want.

That’s about it for the suppliers – hopefully you’ll find these links to be of some use.

Thanks very much for taking time to review the project – and, as always, I really look forward to suggestions and comments from fellow woodworkers.

-- Brice, Philadelphia

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 01:49 PM

It’s really very nice and quite useful.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 01:55 PM

Just gorgeous!! I absolutely love it!!! Well Done!!

-- Randall Child

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 02:24 PM

Calling that just “Another Box” is like calling The Maltese Falcon another flick, or Beethoven’s Ode to Joy a catchy tune. Beautiful wood and superb execution.

Thanks, too, about listing your sources. A nice idea, and helpful to the rest of us.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 05:41 PM

I am a big fan of Andrew’s work and you definitely did it justice. Absolutely beautiful box. I could barely see the drawer divisions in the first picture! Nice of Roger to share some knowledge…great guy. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 09:56 PM

Wonderful work! I love the locking pins for the drawers (if you had a photo of the mechanism that would be great to see). When I first saw this, I actually thought that this was Andrew’s work and did a little double-take on your name! Great job!

Also thanks for listing your suppliers—I always wonder about where folks get the beautiful veneers and hardware they use.


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#6 posted 05-17-2012 09:58 PM

Wow! I’ve been waiting to see this one, and it really delights the eye. It’s a very difficult box, and marvelously crafted. It certainly earns you status in the upper strata of box makers. My compliments on a superb job.

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

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 10:47 PM

That is one beautiful box. True craftsmanship. The supplies list is super great as well.

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 01:05 AM

That is a simply amazing creation. The drawer latches are ingenious, the veneer beautiful, and the finish flawless. Thanks for including your source list.

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

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#9 posted 05-18-2012 02:08 AM


We agree that your source list is invaluable. It’s nice to have someone who knows what he’s doing make the recommendations from all his research!

Your box is exquisite. That must be quite a collection of knitting needles to warrant such an incredible castle for them.

Thanks so much for sharing.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#10 posted 05-18-2012 02:51 AM

Beautiful box, love the veneer and the suede interior. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 07-10-2012 11:07 AM

Very impresive box, a true artist has been here!!!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#12 posted 07-10-2012 12:24 PM

Beautiful box expertly crafted.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#13 posted 04-14-2014 06:28 PM

The veneer is exquisite.

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