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This is the companion box to the little box I posted a couple weeks ago which holds my little mini router plane. This one is larger, 12 3/8" x 9 3/4" x3 3/4" high. The boxes are similar in design, but not intended to be a matched set. This one is fitted to hold my Steve Latta/Lie-Nielsen inlaying tools and the various blades. In the case of each box, the tools have a number of small, easy to lose, parts, so I thought a fitted box was the way to keep things all together.

The box itself is made of intensely figured imbuya veneer over Baltic birch substrate. I've been quite taken with this veneer ever since I first saw the picture on line. It's very dark, almost black in places, yet the "snakeskin" like pattern is so fierce that it still comes through clearly. I've been looking for the right project for it for a while, and this is it.

There are numerous ways to complete inlays, and I probably use them all at one time or another, but Steve Latta designed this set to do the stringing inlay common to Federal period furniture. And, they do this job really well. As with all Lie-Nielsen tools, they're also attractive in their own right, so a box to hold them seemed appropriate. (Not to mention keeping track of all the little blades and accessories.)

Edging is black dyed boxwood, with white/black/white accent lines. The interior is veneered with nutmeg burl, and the fitted bottom tray lifts out to reveal the original tool documents. I used a contra partie (reverse pattern) of the same cipher (monogram), using the dark version for the larger box, and inlayed it on the inside of the lid. It was stack-cut on my chevalet from ebony, cherry and curly maple.

The hinges are heavy extruded brass butt hinges from a hardware store in Wales. The catch is a brass slide catch from Andrew Crawford. The hardware has been hand polished. The finish is French polish. Probably not the smartest idea to put a mirror finish on a shop box, but what the heck. Beauty is beauty. Practical, well, that's a different thing. LOL

No ebook on this one. It's essentially the same process as the Pepperwood Writing Box edition available from smartBoxmaker.com.

Thanks for taking a peek. Now, I need to get busy on a couple Federal tables.

Roger

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Beauty to behold. I have a love for fine boxes and these are both really fine. Excellent work Roger.
 

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You, Sir, are amazingly talented.
 

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Roger, Continually amazed at your work ! gorgeous boxes, and they will serve you well.
 

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Roger, you always amaze. I Can't decide which one I like better…..both are magnificent! The veneer choices, marquetry, finish ….....everything comes together in a highly pleasing whole.
 

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Another excellent piece of craftsmanship. Is there a third one in the pipeline?
Jim
 

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Just a beauty Roger. I love the burls and all your "special" touches that make the prestigious Bean Box the aiming point for the rest of us. (Not to be confused with the bean bag which is completely different)

As for your reservations about the finish, my plane box has lived happily in the shop for several months now, dormant in scorching Az summer heat and in frequent use when I'm here, and the French polish still looks just fine. If it gets a scratch a quick buff will restore it's former glow. I think it is the exactly correct finish for this box. You will get a warm glow not only every time you open it to use the tools inside but every time you walk by it.

Congrats on another show stopper Roger.
 

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Very nice detail, Roger.
 

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A beautiful box for some beautiful inlay tools. I don't think any of us expect anything less than top quality work from you.
 

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Tastefully and artfully done. I like the idea of how you contrasted the monograms. The black dyed edging comes together with the tone of the veneer very well. I especially like the color and look of the nutmeg burl.
The eyes of any well known designer or artist will have a feast taking in the all the details of a box, which was created with thought, and an exceptional sense of design by it's maker, which may aptly describe any box with the initials "RB" affixed to it.
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wow, beautiful job
 

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I find it perfectly apt to have a beautiful inlaid box for your tools for inlay. I hope to make similar boxes in the future for matching board game sets. Excellent quality, great work!
 

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Very nice work, love the veneer. You are doing quite well with that chevy.
 

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Another beauty Roger. The veneer selections are fantastic and the inlay work and finish - simply flawless. I like the interior for this one very much - the nutmeg burl was a perfect choice. Steve Latta's tools appear to be right at home in this one.

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My Hand tools wish they had it this good!
sadly they just hang on the wall.
 

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Just stunning as usual. Nice job on the marquetry to. Love the veneer!
 
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