Box Swap 2023 - Mosquito

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This was my contribution to the 2023 Box Swap.  It's made from birch, dovetailed, and with a sliding lid that latches.  

To latch the box closed (and it can be slid closed without having to mess with the latch), I added a canarywood knob which attaches to a walnut catch, that pivots on a purple heart cross piece.   

The banding was my first attempt at doing inlay, and is a mix of black dyed maple, maple, and zebrawood.  It was two pieces of banding that I inlaid side by side (the thick black stripe around the outside, was one piece, the rest was the other).

The finish is shellac with soft touch wax buffed out over that.  I was really happy with the finish, as it came out to be a very nice feel.

To try to make the box useful, I added some packout box foam (kaizen foam)

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Nice job all around. The inlay looks nice, and the latch is clean and inspired. Well done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Super cool Mos!  The inlay banding is spot on.  Did you use one of your abundance of combo planes to plow the recess?

I like the latch concept but can’t tell exactly how it works.  Do you push the knob down to lock it closed or visa-versa?
It’s a real beauty to behold but you can’t truly appreciate it without touching the ever so smooth, velvety finish!
Great work Mos!

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Very beautiful! I like how it has many details (the Inlay, latch, dovetail joints) but not too busy. I think the simple birch did a great job there! and I also like the hidden use of the purple heart/walnut, too. Well done including the photo shoot!

No name noobie here

I see a fine box for storing some nice tools Mos! The knob/catch is a really cool idea and the detailing is well designed and placed. 👍
That is a fine box Mos, the inlay is great and the latch is over the top. I need to remember that one for sliding boxes. Well done.

Thanks for participating in the Swap.

Main Street to the Mountains

Hey Mos, can you elaborate on the latching mechanism? How’s it put together?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

That's a fine box,well done!!

You don't always get what you go after,but you do get what you wouldn't have got if you didn't go after what you didn't get. Blaze Foley

An attractive, neat and simple box. Great!!
Beautiful box Mos, the inlay is well done and the box has an attractive clean appearance. The catch is still confusing as to how it works.

"Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

beautiful box mos. love that latch mechanism. gonna make some lucky tool a nice home !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Very nice, Mos! I’m betting you fired up a router to cut the grooves for the inlay, right? ];^)>

May you have the day you deserve!

Thanks everybody!  When I started the box I wasn't exactly sure where it would go, but I was pleased with it in the end.

 HokieKen
Super cool Mos!  The inlay banding is spot on.  Did you use one of your abundance of combo planes to plow the recess?

I didn't use a combo plane for the banding, but the Howkins probably would have worked for it... I did use the Fales patent for the grooves for the lid, and on the lid itself (because one groove went across the end of the board).

 HokieKen
I like the latch concept but can’t tell exactly how it works.  Do you push the knob down to lock it closed or visa-versa?

 RyanGi
Hey Mos, can you elaborate on the latching mechanism? How’s it put together?

The latch is push the knob down to open.  It's spring loaded under the catch, so it will push the latch  down so it catches the front of the box.  

The walnut piece slides in under the purple heart from the front, and there is a screw that goes through the walnut catch and in to the canarywood knob, whose base sits in a drilled hole.  Pushing the knob down pivots the walnut against the purpleheart, compressing the spring under the front most edge of the catch (the part that protrudes), thus allowing you to open the box.  The spring then pushes the latch down again once you let go, so you can just slide the box closed without having to push the knob down again.

I don't have any more details on the latch itself, but I do have a video to edit for showing opening and closing as I just described

 Dave Polaschek
Very nice, Mos! I’m betting you fired up a router to cut the grooves for the inlay, right? ];^)>

I did, actually, before the chisels and router plane lol  

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Nice work, Mos.  Doing bandings is fun - once you take that hesitancy-gulp and begin.

No Bees. No Honey. Bees Lives Matter

You mean the "this is otherwise done, don't screw it up" gulp? Lol

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Mos,

Nice box to behold!

Love the banding.  Did you make the banding?


Petey

Thanks Petey, I did not; it was two separate pieces I got from Rockler or Woodcraft many years ago but never used.  The wide black band was one, and the rest was the other

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You mean the "this is otherwise done, don't screw it up" gulp? Lol

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Exactly that.

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