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I admit it, I'm a woodworking junkie. I read all I can, watch every show and keep them on my DVR to watch over and over again. I watched this project being made on the show Woodsmith. I decided to give it a try, I did change the plans a bit and I don't normally make Boxes. I seem to be better a big projects for some reason.

I could have wiped the dust off before the pics man my eyes are getting bad!

First off, my hats off to you box makers; your talent is more appreciated as while making this I struggled a bit to get it perfect. The hinges drove me crazy, I thought I had them perfect, but NO!

I made this out of Wenge and Maple, Mappa Burl veneer and inlay banding. I like the Asian feel to this with the angled sides. I never really did any veneering so I figure I would give it a shot being I'm making Blondie a Bridal chest with alot of veneered panels.

I sprayed 5 coats with my Earlex 5500 with General Finish's Enduro Var Semi Gloss. Sanded with 2000 then buffed out with 3M's Finesse-it gel. I put red velvet in and I'm debating of making dividers doe it.

Thx for looking

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Beautiful job Ken! I really like the burl wood and the banding….I hate hinges they are always crooked for me
 

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Looks GREAT, Ken!

Looks like the hinges were too big & you had to make up for it… came out OK! Good save!

Did you make that inlay molding? Looks like some molding I made some time ago for some cribbage boards… I used Bob Simmon's tutorials for it… was fun… Your looks GREAT!

Nice box… I remember that show… Can you burn a DVD from your DVR?

Beautiful work!
 

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Good job ! I am also very interested in making their box , but haven't got around to it yet.
 

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Beautiful box! I think you did a great job with some amazing woods. Now you know why you never see metal hinges on any of my boxes. It's really frustrating to put that much time and effort into a box and then have the dang hinges malfunction!
 

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I think it came out really nice Ken…Your choice of woods work well together.
Hinges can be very frustrating to get right but if you do a bunch of boxes it might be a good idea to use a hinge mortising template and a router. Takes about 10 minutes to rout perfectly fit hinges. Sort of like a small version of the hinge templates used for doors.
 

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Ken, I love the colors of wood you chose; they look beautiful.

Really nice box!
 

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Nice job Ken. I tried this same box last summer, messed up the angle on the side so bad it ended up in the fireplace, ha, Looks really good, I really like your wood/colour choices
 

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Man, my eyes are getting bad too … but I'm still able to see a gorgeous box under that layer of dust! Beautiful work Ken!!
 

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Ken, good work. I like the banding and the veneer inset. Angled sides are tough. You really need to start with very thick sides and attaching the top and then cutting it off give you thicker sides for your hinges. Since you are a fan of tutorials may I suggest these two. Hinges Tops Wooden Venetian blinds make great dividers. Thanks for sharing. Keep boxing and keep sharing.
 

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another fine chunk of wood put together by your hands. nice job.
 

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Outstanding box with a lot of interesting details Ken.
 

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Thanks everyone, I'll look at those tutorials right now. I did use a router for the hinges but my alignment seemed to be off for some reason. There will be a round two with this project and I will improve the outcome or there will be a round 3…LOL

It called for a piano hinge but I thought this would dress it up silly me…..
 

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Very very nice, good job.
 

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Beautiful!
That show was on TV here last Saturday. I think you did just fine!!
 

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Hey Ken nice work on this box, plenty of interesting detail and workmanship , keep'em coming….BCherry
 

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Nice job! I like the inlay and the progessively smaller splines. I will have to try that in one of my next projects.
 

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Ken, I've recently been sifting through my magazine collection and noticed a "Lee Valley & Veritas" Hardware Catalog I never really looked too closely at before; I believe it was the Sept 2012 edition, but within they have some really awesome hinges, actually the ones that really caught my eye were on page 134 "P" and "Q" and are called "Lid Supports" that recess into the project. I can envision some of them on this box you made or it's future cousins.

This is a two fold comment because ever since I've seen them I've wanted to ask one of you vets if you've ever tried hinges or supports like this on any of your builds and what you think of them.

Thank you and take care.
 

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Looking good Ken…
I really like the splines.
 

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Thx JR, I just found them and those are really cool. For this project I didn't have the thickness at the top for the 3/8 mortise required. If I made this again I would start out with a thicker box than the show called for to give me more thickness on the top after cutting the angle on the box. I would ask some of the Master Box guys as this was my first box and I am in the learning curve right now of what not to do LOL
Hope this helps buddy
Ken
 
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