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Neapolitan Box

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Neapolitan BoxBox number 15 in my box building venture.
I'm calling this one Neapolitan like the three flavored ice cream.
This box is almost totally mystery wood reclaimed from a pallet. It was mostly yellow/green and very tight grained except for the figuring in the front panel. I also am not certain about the panel for the lid… hickory or maybe even pine. I used what I think is maybe walnut and cedar for the laminated “stripes” on the base and the lid.Before I put the finish on the box, there was a really cool green, orange and purple color scheme going on but I knew that they would darken or change colors with the oil based finish I used. All the reclaimed wood was planed by hand and a L.V. smoothing plane then cut to size with a japanese pull saw. The miters were cut with the same plane but I used the 45 degree miter shooting board I built for that plane. I thought about using splines for the miters but the base and the top have rabbets that the box sits in and will prevent joint failure. I really like the lid on this piece. It shows all the contrasting woods very well. This is the first decorative box or gift box that I've used hinges on. I used them on the tool boxes I've recently made for my chisels. I'm not sure how I like them on this box.Finished with an oil based wipe on blend of equal parts tung oil, boiled linseed and oil based poly. I then applied clear shellac and rubbed it with #0000 steel wool and buffed it out with Johnsons Paste Wax.It is about 8 1/2 inches long by 4 1/2 inches deep and 5 1/2 inches tall.
Thanks for looking.
Mr Wolfe

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