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    Mahogany box

    Finished this little box recently. 8Ē x 12Ē x 4.5Ē tall. Ribbon striped mahogany and garnet shellac seem to work well together.
    leather lined bottom.



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    I love mahogany. That's a sweet little box. I like the way you hinged it too.
    All hand tool work?
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    I agree with Fred. The inset door/lid is unusual in that orientation. I like it. Is the lid a bi-fold or is the line simply a design element? How about a peek under the hood?

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    Yes this is a hand tool project.

    the lid has a small lap and I made 2 brass battens to hold the assembly. I also made the buttons that hold the leather strap for the lid stay.

    I had considered a frame and panel top but with so much going on with the grain in this piece I decided that simpler was a better approach.


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    Nice, Ron. I too like the inset lid...donít see that much, but a nice design. The garnet shellac looks great on that mahogany. Well done. Nice dovetails, by the way!

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    That is a really nice box. I love the wood.

    I'm on a box kick lately and that design is a real change of pace from my usual approaches. I may have to give that format a whirl.
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    The inset lid has the potential to be a wood movement problem, thus the thought to use a frame and panel. However with quarter sawn material and the battens made to isolate the wood movement in the lap it works very well. The brass battens are made so there is very little clearance around the screws at the outer edges and slightly larger thru holes for the fasteners closest to the lap.

    Ron

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    Thanks Phil. Iíve sort of been a bit obsessed with the hand cut dovetails as of late. Itís a very satisfying thing when it goes well.
    Ron

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    Nice box Ron - lovely wood and very nice workmanship. I 2nd your obsession - I save cutoffs specifically for cutting DT's. Just practice and then into the fire pit. Off the saw is very satisfying indeed.
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    That box just begs to be opened! Nice work!

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    Great job!

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    That is a beautiful box and I just love it. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, so prepare to be flattered as I was recently asked to build a couple of boxes. So unique and so beautifully built...just awesome!!!
    A wannabe woodworker!

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    Thanks David, be sure to post pics. Iíd love to see your take on this piece.

    Ron

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    I like what you have created - very nice.

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    Thanks for all the compliments about this little project. As Iíve gotten older my interest have leaned toward smaller items assembled with exposed joinery and concise fitting movable parts. Itís a nice challenge thatís very achievable on smaller objects.

    Ron

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