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    Interesting box from Morocco

    I'm just back from a bussines trip to Casablanca (Morocco) where I had the chance of visiting the Medina ( sort of open air market) and I bought this box that I believe could be of interest to some of you.
    The wood is either cedar or Tuya wood, with some burl as well, I asked several people and each of them was telling me a different wood kind so I leave it to those who are experienced than me in identifying wood.

    Craftmanship is rather crude,but for 18$ it makes a nice present. The top gap is excessive and the sanding of not exposed areas is deficient for our standards but it sells well.

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    The box is opened by rotating the lid clockwise, and the small drawers or compartments pop outside. To close it turn the lid counterclockwise.
    I have a video but I can't figure out how to upload it without having an URL. Maybe any of you can help me with that.

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    The trick is achieved by a pin on the base that runs on a slot on each compartment. The pin is aligned with the end or hinge of the cross shaped central divider.
    I hope I have explained it well. I can see this idea applied to many projects from boxes to folding tables and more. It is up to you.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Thanks for showing this, Toni. Very interesting. You are right about the construction and finish being somewhat crude (something I am known for).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammad Madha View Post
    Thanks for showing this, Toni. Very interesting. You are right about the construction and finish being somewhat crude (something I am known for).
    Mohammad, having seen your work and held it in my hands, I think that your knowledge of english lacks positive vocabulary if I may say so. ( no offence intended)
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    i can help with the burl, as i have some of it at home, it is a wood called thuya. i've tried to use it for making pens.
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    Toni,

    That is an interesting box. It is not the least bit practical. However, it is a lot of fun and would be an interesting conversation piece in a home...However, not interesting enough to bother to try and make one.

    I enjoyed the pics,

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    I like it. Very interesting design. Almost a puzzle box of sorts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    i can help with the burl, as i have some of it at home, it is a wood called thuya. i've tried to use it for making pens.
    Thanks Dan, it seems that it is rather common there. Dunno...
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    @Jim, I disagree with its use. I think in a part of the world where one would put various spices and salt in little containers and put them on a table and people take a pinch and sprinkle on their food it would have a lot of use. Its not our version of hygene but it could work that way. At least thats how i see it.


    Nice box Toni and price was right for the quick buy.


    Whats the fruit you looking to pack in that part of the world ? Oranges???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    @Jim, I disagree with its use. I think in a part of the world where one would put various spices and salt in little containers and put them on a table and people take a pinch and sprinkle on their food it would have a lot of use. Its not our version of hygene but it could work that way. At least thats how i see it.

    Whats the fruit you looking to pack in that part of the world ? Oranges???
    Not quite Rob, its use is more intended towards being used as a jewelry box where you put your rings on one compartment, earrings on another and so forth. Your guess was too much on the exotic side .

    As per the fruits that they pack or produce are mainly, melons, water melons, dates, and oranges.
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