Boxguy Takes a Turn and Flips His Lid

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Project by Boxguy posted 03-07-2013 08:02 AM 3674 views 12 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: is an African Mahogany and American Walnut jewelry box (10 1/4” diameter lid, 7” sides, 8 1/2 inch high when closed) with a figured Movingui accent on the inside lid. It features a divided storage area in the bottom and a lift out ring and small item container. Finished with one coat tung oil, 3 coats poly, 1 coat wax. This box has found a home in a dear friend’s home.

Construction: The corner legs are set at a 45 degree angle and are attached with a vertical spline that runs in a slot the full length of the leg.

I have found that first gluing the vertical splines into both sides of all four legs, makes the assembly much easier.

Hint: If the slots in the sides of the box are just a little bit larger than the spline it will give you some “flex” and makes the assembly go much better. If the outside of your corner legs are even with the edges of the box you can insert the bottom and then tape the sides in place and band clamp the box together for nice tight joints at the corners. I notched the inside of the legs to accept the box bottom and also cut each corner of the bottom board at 45 degrees to fit into the legs. To make sure the top can fold back completely, and miss the legs as it does, I used a wide hinge and glued a small support block under the part of the hinge that overhangs the back of the box.

This is the lift-out tray.

Focus: Making the top. I used an expanding chuck in a center-drilled hole to turn the inside of the lid. A grip hole was then turned on the inside side. Then I flipped the lid around, inserted it onto the lathe using the expanding chuck and turned the top removing all traces of the first chuck hole. Obviously you start with a board about 2 inches thick and 11 inches square for this process. The Movingui sun in the inside top fills in the chuck hole on the inside with a close-fitting raised section on the back of the Movingui and this is glued in place. The Movingui sun makes for a nice surprise when you flip the lid.

Thanks: As always, thanks for looking and a special thanks to those of you who take the extra time to add a comment or suggestion. I will respond to all comments in batches during the next day or so. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 08:57 AM

This is amazing, Love the wood and he top is so beautiful. I really like the button in the middle. The inside is great as well… Great job as always!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 09:11 AM

Love the hump on the lid…..very unusual design.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 09:46 AM

Beautiful box. I like the contrasting woods and the spline detail looks as nice as it is functional. The tray reminds me of a drop of water. Thanks for posting.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 11:26 AM

another work of art… just beautiful!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 12:09 PM

Very creative and contrast is stunning!

-- Dan

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#6 posted 03-07-2013 12:29 PM

Morning Replies:

Ken, thanks for the kind words. The “button” just seemed right as I worked this out on the lathe. I wanted to keep it pagoda like, but keep a sort of organic feel in the piece.

Jorge, thanks for the nice comment. It is always nice to hear from the Mexican contingent of Lumberland. You have some beautiful dogs, labs are a favorite of mine they have such a sweet disposition. Looks like it may be time for you to make a box.

Doe, thanks for the observation that the tray looks like a drop of water. I hadn’t thought of that, but now that you have mentioned it…you are right. It does look like a slow motion picture taken after rain drops into a pool.

Ellen, it is always nice to hear from you again. How are you doing during this New England winter? Reluctantly, I will agree this piece is more about the art than the box. It is among my favorites however.

Danal, thanks for the kind words from a fellow Hoosier. Looks like you are in the snowy end of our state as usual. Your mugs are getting more and more complex and interesting. I especially liked your “daisy” creation.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 03-07-2013 12:38 PM

Very nice Big Al, very unique and a great creation, been wondering where you’ve been now I know. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 12:51 PM

You had me at mahogany. Swoon.
Beautiful , beautiful work.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 12:53 PM

Big Al,

You flipped ‘my lid’ with this one. :-)

Your creativity knows no bounds and the introduction of turned pieces opens a whole new venue.

Another Great ‘Fit and Finish’.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-07-2013 12:56 PM

now that is a different but beautiful box, you have come back in a big way al, i really like this one, from the joinery to the lid, great job, nice to see you back, i hope you continue to heal and be back to your full health…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 03-07-2013 01:54 PM

Very nice and very beautiful, choice of wood and finish are great! You my friend are and artist!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 03-07-2013 02:21 PM

Boxguy, another home run! I really love this and have become a fan of your work. Such beauiful boxes,(as the name implies, boxguy). I see this one and would like to see you try a variation on this box. Around here people sell planters made like an old ringer wash machine. They sell really well but I have never seen a jewelry box made to look like one. Mayby if you have some scrap one day???? Great work!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 03-07-2013 02:50 PM

I like this one a lot Boxguy.
All of your pieces are well thought out and well made but it is nice to see you expanding your horizons and challenging yourself with a creative new style.
Thanks for sharing this.

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

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#14 posted 03-07-2013 02:52 PM

Very unique and stunning work. Thx for sharing it with us.

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#15 posted 03-07-2013 03:22 PM

Can’t describe how nice it is! Is the lift-off lid one piece? Looks like a difference in the grain. Nevertheless, nice!

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