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I made this little experiment by laminating 1/8" thick sycamore to 3/8" walnut. My thought was that routing the assembled box would reveal some of the walnut, creating an interesting visual effect. Dimensions are roughly 4.5" x 6.5" x 3.5" high. Finish is BLO, buffed out on the three wheel system.

Now for the quiz:

The horizontal inlay on the front of the box is more than just decorative. A free box of sawdust to the first lumberjock who can correctly identify its true function.

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I am guessing you are hiding a drawer as I notice a thin line near the front in pic 6
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nice finish!

I am going to hold off my guess until I know exactly what kind of sawdust I will be winning…

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Nice try, Klaus, but no sawdust for you.

Sharon, I'll saw up some Padauk if you like. That stuff puts the "dust" in sawdust.
 

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The extension of corner splines maybe? Or maybe to reduce expansion stresses? The box is totally cool either way.
 

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Nice try, Klaus, but no sawdust for you.

Sharon, I ll saw up some Padauk if you like. That stuff puts the "dust" in sawdust.

- CharlieM1958
much obliged!
 

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Beautiful grain showcased in the sycamore here, Charlie! I like Dan's corner spline idea or maybe is it an integral inner tray support? Thanks for sharing.
 

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Beautiful box. Maybe it's a locking mechanism for the top??
 

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Does it extend inside the box and serve as a support rail for a tray?
 

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Thanks, but no winner yet.

Here is a hint: "Functional" in this case simply means it was not just put there as decoration. So why did I put it there?
 

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It holds the top of the front to the bottom of the front so the front is the same height as the sides (you fixed an opps).
 

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Yeah, I'm reaching…
 

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Candy, you're actually getting a little warm….
 

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You were cutting off the top and flipped the box and cut the bottom?
 

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Ding! ding! Ding! We have a winner!

I did it once years ago, and swore I'd never do it again.

Yeah, right. :)
 

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YAY! The sawdust gets delivered in this box…right?
Thanks for sharing your opps and ingenious fix, Charlie.
 

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And I thought I was the only one who did that !!! LOL
Beautiful little box Charlie !
 

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Thanks, guys. If we can't laugh at ourselves, what's the point?
 

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you need to better cover your axes… you should say this is an intentional-this side goes to the front-
 

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Beautiful combination of woods. Congratulations to winner.
 
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