A Box For A Competition (Pyramid)

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Project by Gumnut posted 07-08-2012 07:46 AM 2499 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in a club and they have a competition each year, one of the categories was “Out of This Wood” where we were given a piece of wood (in this case it was Oak I think) and the rules were that we had to use as much of the wood as possible to make something, they even said the weight would be measured.
Well I came up with this idea of a Pyramid Box, I cut the piece of Oak which was 300×90 x 50 mm up into
4 mm sheets and then after sanding they were cut into strips that were 28 mm wide and then into the bricks that you see here.

The left over wood which were thin strips were dyed with black stain and the bricks and thin strips were glued back together to make up the sides of the pyramid and the base, There was very little wood left over at this stage because each panel was made in a triangular pattern apart from the base.
The panels were sized up and chamfered then I did some wood burning on the inside which I look back on it now and reckon that I should have practiced a bit more.
The rule of the comp also allow you to use hardware and the hinges needed to be hidden, so I used model Aeroplane wing hinges which are durable pinned plastic hinges. Thin cuts into the front of the base and the door and hinges were glued in with resin glue.
It needed a handle to open it so I used some Brass rod to make a snake handle for the top.

I even saved all the left over saw dust and mixed it with PVA glue that became like a clay consistency which I moulded into the sarcophagus you see beside the Pyramid painted gold, Oh also the feet for the base are from this mud.

It came in second for the comp which is pretty good I think, but they did not measure the weight in the end.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 09:24 AM

Wow, what a lot of work. How did the other person beat you? When I built a pyramid a few weeks ago I found the angles were really tricky.
Looks like you got them down. Nice project.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 11:27 AM

A very innovative deisgn and build. It looks like the winner to me !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 01:20 PM


Your Amazing Talent sweeps 1st and 2nd Place Honors!!!

I really like the Hieroglyphics especially the one of you, ‘The Artisan’, at work at your bench, very clever indeed.

Both Boxes are Awesome. Thanks for Sharing. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 01:31 PM

Wow Peter another amazing piece and more innovative thinking ,very cool box.

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 01:44 PM

can’t comprehend 2nd place. One of the most unusual designs and construction that I have seen. Very enjoyable to look at—eye pleasing.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 01:55 PM

Great Pyramid Box, that shape never gets old and pulling off the build is a credit to Your craftsmanship, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 07-09-2012 12:50 AM

Too bad they didn’t weigh the boxes. You likely would have won 1st prize !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 07-09-2012 01:40 AM

Both of the boxes you posted are amazing. The designs of both are unique and I can only imagine the hours that went into creating them. You must have won first and second huh?

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

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