Wednesday Woodworking – Freeform Box

Last Saturday I went to the marquetry workshop where we made “freeform boxes” (aka band saw box).  Next meeting we’ll add marquetry to the top.  Here are a few pictures of the work in progress.

Freeform box. The dark line in the middle is a veneer sandwiched between two pieces of oak.

Inside box. The inside bottom is covered in a contrasting veneer. The two dowels just wanted their pictures taken.

Holding the box so you’ll have an idea of the size.

Fancy shot with the top partway off. The top will get marquetry and the holes will get magnets to hold the top down.

I’ll have more on this project in a couple of weeks.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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28 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – Freeform Box

  1. CJ Hartwell says:

    Very nice, and I love it when lids are magnetic. (It’s the little things in life that give me pleasure)

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  2. Debra says:

    I love the tactile quality and smell of freshly worked wood. I really admire the talent you have demonstrated, Andrew, and its’ great that you make time for an occasional class. I’m sure that really fuels your enthusiasm!

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  3. slpsharon says:

    Great work. Thanks for showing your progress.

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  4. Jeff Branch says:

    Nice work. I need to do something like that.

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  5. Pied Type says:

    What a lovely little box for all kinds of things. I thought maybe the top swiveled/swung open on one of the dowels, with the magnet on the other holding it closed. Can’t wait to see the grains and layers when they are stained.

    Side note: Have you ever worked with beetle-kill wood from Colorado? (Probably not, because it’s pine, and soft.) The beetles give the wood a bluish tint. That’s the least they can do while they’re killing off entire mountainsides of timber.


  6. Very cool – I haven’t seen that technique before. So many ideas, so little time…

    I can hardly wait to see it in a few weeks!

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  7. jfwknifton says:

    I thought the box in the first picture was big enough to sit on, so your hand came as a bit of a surprise!

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  8. Man of so many talents…

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  9. Well done, Andrew! Will you be lining the interior walls with felt as well? I look forward to seeing the completed project.

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  10. That is quite gorgeous but you forgot the order form, Andrew. Hmm… My husband has a birthday coming up. Thought this would be perfect.

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  11. Beth Pine says:

    That is beautiful and so professionally done! What kind of wood is that? Have you thought about using old growth redwood to make ambox? I am imagining something like that with those gorgeous old growth swirls.

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    • This is red oak from the local big box store. We were focusing on technique in the workshop so the choice of wood was somewhat random and I didn’t want to waste an expensive piece of wood on a practice piece. I had a lot of help from pro-woodworkers on this. I would be interesting to make a box like this with more interesting grains. Someday I’ll try that.


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