“Ear of the Dog” boxes

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Project by woodpezzer posted 06-29-2012 04:48 AM 3427 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these boxes several years ago. The “Ear of the Dog” was designed by Artisan Tony Lydgate. The first picture shows the board the box was cut from. It’s a mystery board given to me over 15 years ago and I forgot what it was –it’s local to Illinois. The feathers, ears and strips are Padauk. I modified the original design by making the lid swivel instead of the pull off style. The hole for a brass pin was drilled from the bottom since this is a short box. I also added a bevel from the base to the bottom of the ears. The second box follows the original plan using spalted curly maple and various other scrap pieces. Both bottoms lined in black velvet and finished with Danish Oil. They are basically 4 ¼ x 4 ¼ x 2 ¾ . Comments and suggestions are appreciated.. thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 06-29-2012 09:40 AM

Very nicely done. I like different designs.

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#2 posted 06-29-2012 12:13 PM

I think you did a great job!

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#3 posted 06-29-2012 04:19 PM

Very nice projects and that Spalted “table” they’re sitting on is awesome : )

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#4 posted 06-29-2012 05:15 PM

Thanks, GenerationWW and Monte :)

Dusty56, Thanks! I rescued a bunch of the spalted wood and that neat Redwood base from the bonfire pile and haven’t figured out what to do with it. A “table” sounds like a good idea. Question is.. if I join the top “bookmatched” the edges are opposite angles. Perhaps I should just give it all away!

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#5 posted 06-29-2012 11:19 PM

LOL , I’m on my way !!!

I wouldn’t care that the angles are opposite…the bookmatch would be beautiful !
Imagine it with a nice finish and maybe a piece of glass on top : )

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 01:31 PM

Very nice and unusual boxes. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 03-17-2013 08:50 PM

Just tried making “Ear of the Dog Box” but when I clipped the corner of the box on the table saw the angle on one side was a 45 but on the other side it was noticeably less then a 45. Not sure what I did wrong, everything looked ok the box was square, the saw blade was 45 and the mitre gauge was 45. I guess I’ll try again tomorrow.

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