Picnic Case / Art Case

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Project by shipwright posted 02-11-2013 06:51 PM 5075 views 11 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second piece using the Chianti Classico logo that I cut in classic style recently. The first was the round serving tray here. This one represents my idea of an elegant way to picnic. Realizing that this is perhaps a bit fanciful to justify a purpose built box, it has a fall back use as a box for transporting sketching supplies and will double as a lap desk for sketching. This is a use it may actually see.

The box is all 1/2” BB plywood veneered on the outside with plain maple and on the inside with curly maple.
All corners are mitered to leave the outside clean and the vertical corners are splined.

The catches are a wooden version of spring style snaps and work very well. The catch part is only about a sixteenth of an inch but the osage orange it’s made from is hard enough and strong enough to get it done. I don’t envision them breaking.

The hinges are my usual wooden integral style as detailed in this blog. The handle is made of three layers of cherry laminated at opposing grain angles for strength and hinged on ordinary eye screws from the store.

The marquetry on the inside is a simplified sketch of the countryside in the Chianti area. The finish is French polish on the marquetry panels and the same procedure to a less fine degree on the other parts.

Hope this makes you smile


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 02-11-2013 06:57 PM

Awesome work on every detail! The catches are really. Cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 02-11-2013 06:59 PM

Wow, this is beautiful and I do believe it will be wonderful as an artist’s case!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 02-11-2013 07:01 PM

Very nice, I like to the marquetry work you do and the tray is also really nice, great detail!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 07:03 PM

Outstanding work, looks beautiful!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 07:05 PM

Another nice one.

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

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 07:12 PM

Excellent work as usual Paul ,makes for a very high end picnic .


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#7 posted 02-11-2013 07:16 PM

Just plain marvelous Paul. And I see it is already packed for your next visit to Italy! The sketching looked very well done too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 07:18 PM

Totally amazing.
The case handle is awesome! (as is the marquetry, but that is expected from you. :-) )
What did you use for the handle attaching hardware?
I still have 3’ of walnut hinge material all cut and ready for use. Maybe next month. ???

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-11-2013 07:36 PM

Superb. Paul, you are inspiring.
Thank you for posting.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#10 posted 02-11-2013 07:37 PM

Paul, I’ve mastered your hinges, now I’m gonna have to try the catches…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#11 posted 02-11-2013 07:56 PM

Paul…you have given a lot of class to going on a picnic. Outstanding artistic case…and it sure makes my Igloo cooler look yucky.

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#12 posted 02-11-2013 08:05 PM


Another Super project… Haven’t had very many picnics with wine!
... sounds like a good idea… If I’m not driving for awhile… LOL

Possible to Zoom in on those Catches?
... the only things not covered elsewhere… LOL

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 02-11-2013 08:06 PM

Paul, you always inspire with your build, very nice.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 02-11-2013 08:12 PM

It’s obvious your definition of “picnic” is much different than mine…as it involves no PB&J sandwiches, cool-aid, or fruit snacks.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#15 posted 02-11-2013 08:13 PM

Beautiful work, Paul!

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

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