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    I have another retirement in my group at work. She has been with the company for 43 years, very rare this day and time. Attached are photos of a box I made for the retiree. The crosses are inlaid African Blackwood. The other wood selections include tiger maple and walnut. This was the maiden voyage of my incra I-box which worked extremely well. I always struggle with small boxes as it is difficult to add character and with the crosses, an additional challenge to keep it from looking like an urn. I round the front and back sides and the top is supported in the front by the lift.





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    In no way does that resemble an urn, my man! I believe you will have a very appreciative recipient of that beautiful box.
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    Very nice.

    The finish looks great.

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    Now that's a really kool box! Looks like the I-Box worked quite well!
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    Very nice, beautiful inlay and I agree with Raymond it doesn't look like an urn.
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    Really nice, Jeff.

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    Really good stuff!
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    I am sure the Lady with be pleased with the box! You did a great job on it.

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    Love the curved front and how it makes the joints pop! Oh, the crosses are exquisite too

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    Very nice box that will be much appreciated.
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    Sure doesn't look like an urn, but it could be used as one. She would be able to keep box till eternity that way. Never under estimate what can be used as an urn. On Sawmill Creek, one poster related that his parents received an mahogany ice bucket for a wedding gift. For the next 30 years it went every where they were stationed. Now their ashes are in Arrllington, in the ice bucket.

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    That looks incredible! One day I hope to be as skilled.

    Mind posting up a picture of it with the lid open, and also one from the back? I'm really interested in how you hinged it.

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    I really like the curves front. One day, I will have a go at making a curves side box.....one day.
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    The curves are really easy. The first one I made with dovetails was an experiment to see if it would had together.

    I used it as a learning curve as one of the items on my list to build is a Wharton esherick library stair. It is curved and the stairs are dovetailed. I wanted to see what was possible.

    The technique is to build a square box from 3/4 inch or thicker. Assemble and glide up the box. I attach the lid using double stick tape so it can be cut then removed. I then use the table saw to cut an angle on all 4 sides of the top and the bottom, leaving the center at a full 3/4 inch. I then use a hand plane and spokeshave to round the material in the center and then sand everything to a final rounded shape. The festool RO 90 dx makes this part easy if you have one as it takes off material quickly.

    One of my next attempts is to use the table saw and a cove jig to make an inward curved box. I think it should work, if not, firewood!

    I use items like small boxes to attempt construction techniques. If it works small, it will work larger.

    My my current project is a Krenov like cabinet for the kitchen. The first one will be relatively square. Once I have that technique, I would like to build one using 8/4 lumber for the sides. If the cove approach works, I want to attempt a cabinet with coved sides and an outside radius on the front. The back can be square and the inside of the cabinet will be square. I will arrest this construction with a small box first.

    A failure with with a small box wastes much less lumber than a full size oops!

    On another note we had the retirement celebration today and the recipient loved the box. As you can see, the curves were easy. The hard part of the box was the design of the inlaid crosses. I made several prototype tops before I was satisfied with the scale and overlap between the three crosses.

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