Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Double-Take Keepsake Box

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Orem, Utah
    Posts
    935

    Double-Take Keepsake Box

    Lest anyone think that I came up with the design of my recent Box Swap offering on my own, I'm here to confess that it came straight out of an article in the September 2003 issue of WOOD magazine (pages 70-73) called "Double-Take Keepsake Box".

    The idea is to create a 2-piece box that appears, at first glance, to be a one-piece hollow vessel:





    The illusion is created by three details ... the overall form of a Southwest-style vessel, a darkened recess at the top of the lid, and a set of small grooves that help to hide the line where the lid meets the base. I used a sycamore limb from a former coworker, India ink in the lid (the article suggested flat black acrylic paint, which might have worked better) and a mini skew for the grooves.

    WOOD did a good job on the article. They included step-by-step instructions along with photos, diagrams ... and cool templates that you can copy, cut out, and hold up to various parts of the box at different points in the process.

    I kept the Sep '03 issue "handy" for several months after receiving it, and even copied the templates at 66%, 75%, 100% and 141% so I could make a graduated set ... but I never made one until last week. I used the 100% template as a guide, but I wanted to use more of the blank I had, so I "fudged" a slightly larger form. I could have undercut the base more for an even better Southwest flavor ... but for now I feel pretty good about this first one.

    Oops ... did I say "first one"? I guess "first successful one" would be more accurate. Behold the Russian Olive prototype that didn't survive...


    Photo 1: Not looking too bad, right? You can see where the experiment to darken the grooves with India ink has gotten a little out of control, but I'm working on it.

    By the way, in an earlier step a 3/4" diameter, 1 7/16" long dowel was inserted into the 1/2" deep hole in the lid and a corresponding 1" deep hole in the base ... to provide a way to turn the underside of the lid.





    Photo 2: Yeh ... well. This is what happens when you use the right tool (spindle gouge) in the wrong orientation. Can you say Catch-o-rama?




    Photo 3: The inside had come along pretty well, although the Russian Olive was almost too much for my (Ahem) less-than-razor-sharp tools...




    Photo 4: And here we see that the prototype was doomed to fail anyway. I hadn't left enough "meat" around the rim. My attempts to sand away the extra India ink, along with some "concentrically challenged" remounts were about to wreak havoc on the project regardless.



    But hey! Like the man says, this is how we learn, no?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Goodland, Kansas
    Posts
    4,834
    Second one is a good looking piece Kerry. Yep been there done that. That one had possibilities. One thing with Russian Olive I have found though is if they have any ring shake which most do it can cause a lot of problems. I had one HF that I thought was my fault but found it had some bad ring shake I couldn't see till I was almost done.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    3,632
    Hey! Don't feel bad...I stole the salt box idea from the William-Sonoma catalog. You did a great job on hiding the joint...very hard to do! And you did a great job on making a circle! Not to many can pull that off! Good job all around
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    1,083
    Great optical illusion!
    Well done.

    Les
    Innovation is the process that renews something that already exists and not, as is commonly assumed, the introduction of something new.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Oak Harbor Washington on Whidbey Island
    Posts
    3,134
    The runner up looks great. Why couldn't you save the Russian Olive Wood piece by making another top of contrasting wood finial or just make it an open bowl?
    "Forget the flat stuff slap something on the spinny thing and lets go, we're burning daylight" Bart Leetch
    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Orem, Utah
    Posts
    935
    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    The runner up looks great. Why couldn't you save the Russian Olive Wood piece by making another top of contrasting wood finial or just make it an open bowl?
    Those are a couple of interesting ideas. Why not indeed?

    I'll have to "noodle" on this for a bit...

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Tampa & NC
    Posts
    432

    Double-Take Keepsake Box

    AWESOME work,I love it
    May God Bless
    Ken

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    ABQ NM
    Posts
    30,014
    Bummer on the blowout, but great recovery on the second attempt.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

    workingwoods.com

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Posts
    4,944
    You said,

    "Photo 2: Yeh ... well. This is what happens when you use the right tool (spindle gouge) in the wrong orientation. Can you say Catch-o-rama?"

    However, you might say, "It went to pot!"

    Enjoy,

    Jim
    First of all you have to be smarter than the machine.
    VOTING MEMBER

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Des Moines, IA
    Posts
    854
    Very cool piece. Too bad about the first attempt but it happens.

Similar Threads

  1. Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble
    By Brent Dowell in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 02-05-2014, 03:21 PM
  2. Keepsake Box
    By Ron Roase in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 10-12-2011, 05:30 PM
  3. Keepsake box
    By Ken Cook in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 08-06-2011, 02:58 PM
  4. Keepsake Box
    By Ron Roase in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 03-16-2011, 05:15 AM
  5. Keepsake box
    By Bobby McCarley in forum Flatwork Project Showcase
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-18-2007, 02:23 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •