Box for a friend.

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Project by Mark posted 09-16-2012 04:22 AM 3314 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Lj’s, I haven’t posted any projects in a long while so heres one I’ve been working on for a while. This project has a story behind its design. A good friend of mine from high school came home for a visit (she is currently living in Brisbane, Australia) and I wanted to make something for her, something Canadian. So the initial design of the box walls is red and white representing our flag. So I used all of my scraps of bloodwood, lacewood, maple, ash, and zebrawood. The lid design was just an idea that popped to mind when I was thinking of how I could throw walnut and cherry in the process. So, I laminated 3/16 walnut, 3/8 cherry, and 3/16 walnut again for the look it has. And the lid wasn’t very Canadian so I threw up a maple leaf carving. I really pushed my limit on this project. Now the lid didn’t match the box very much so the dovetails I threw in were walnut to highlight it a bit. The finish is water based poly, glossy. I’m not a big fan of the water based poly but I didn’t want the amber tinge to this project at all. For the inlay I chose a Canadian wood, western red cedar from my own area. Cedar to me always makes a good inlay considering cedar should be in all boxes. Now I’m also throwing in a Roots sweater with CANADA labelled on it to show her pride. Shipping this on the other hand, thats the fun part. Hope y’all liked it.

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 09-16-2012 05:11 AM

Awsome box,beautifull souvenir,lovely gift

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-16-2012 07:22 AM

You are a good friend – looks like alot of work on this one!
I’m curious… how did you decide on the width of all the scraps and how did you get all the scraps the same size and thickness? Certainly not the tablesaw. Maybe the bandsaw?

Anyway, very cool box!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 09-16-2012 09:46 AM

Beautiful work, Mark! Just wonderful! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-16-2012 09:51 AM

That’s really nice and unusual.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-16-2012 12:43 PM

uncle stumpy, i used the table saw to be honest. I used 3/4” stock and cut 1/2” strips. With the strips I cut random size pieces ranging from 3 to 6 inches no specific measurements. The only thing I found out the hard way was when I’m ripping 1/2” strips, I had to do all the woods in one sitting because if I changed the fence width in between ripping strips, when I set the fence back to 1/2” the next strips I ripped would be very ever so slightly bigger or smaller than the other strips and that makes a HUGE difference when gluing them together.

sheila, thanks a ton glad u like it

charles…it is very unusual lol but I like it for that reason. thx

ivan, thanks a lot :)

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 09-16-2012 12:52 PM

My buddy Mark that is a wonderful gift your work is great and as always you have a big hearth.
She will think of Canada and you every time she looks at that beautifull box.

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#7 posted 09-16-2012 01:20 PM

Colorful and original. Very nice, Mark!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 09-16-2012 01:46 PM

well gm…i hope she’ll be thinking of me ;) lol thanks a lot :)

charlie- its not often i use a bunch of diiferent colours of wood together but I like it. thanks

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 09-16-2012 02:10 PM

I see a lot of projects on here but not often something that I think is unique like this. Very nice.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#10 posted 09-16-2012 02:36 PM

Really great, original idea. Like others here, I’d love to hear more about the process. A unique build.

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

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#11 posted 09-16-2012 03:59 PM

Thank kevin… I know what you mean. I always try to think of something different to make. This is what I thought of.

balidoug, ask me anything. I can go into detail if you like. Let me know what you wanna know.

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 09-16-2012 06:31 PM

That’s a neat box.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 09-16-2012 06:55 PM

thanx rance :)

-- M.K.

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#14 posted 09-16-2012 08:22 PM


That is a wonderful box. I love seeing something different like this.

Looking at the front two corners, it appears that the segments go “around the bend”. Did you glue the segments up as one long piece before cutting the sides to size?

Congratulations on creating such a beautiful gift.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#15 posted 09-16-2012 08:24 PM

yep chuck that is exactly it. I dint want different wood to line up at the corners. thanks chuck love the compliments

-- M.K.

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