I used a flash with this first picture to give you a better idea of the beautiful color of this box. Just a small idea. In person it is beyond awesome. Especially the color and grain of the Bubinga. Wow!
THIS BOX HAS MINOR FLAWS BUT THE STRENGTH, INTEGRITY AND BEAUTY IS SOUND. IT HAS A SMALL GLUE SPOT ON ONE SIDE AND A SMALL NATURAL CRACK IN THE WALNUT VENEER ON THE INSIDE OF THE LID. PLEASE LOOK AT EACH PICTURE AND READ THE DESCRIPTION BEFORE PURCHASING. THANK YOU
I Book-Matched the Walnut Burl on the center panels on the front, sides and back. The Bubinga Veneer I found is very, very beautiful and looks good with Cherry and Walnut. Nice contrasts. Notice the Walnut inlay strip on the base and cap under the lid. A decorative touch. Also the Bubinga veneered panels potrude out 1/4" from the Walnut to give the box multible depths. The Cherry Wood bead molding between the Walnut and Bubinga is another decorative touch.
I wish you could see this in person. Walnut burl has really interesting grain and colors. If you look at it long enough you can start to see images such as animals, people, monsters and such. This one I see a Wise Owl looking right at me. Sending me wise thoughts :-)
The Walnut Burl Veneer is wild and crazy and has minor cracks in the wood. That's normal in Burl.
This box has a nice size lift out tray. The compartments on each side of the handle of the tray are the exact size of a Legal Size envelope. All the dimentions of the box are in the listing description.
This gives you an idea of the size. That is a piece of printer paper laying flat with plenty of room to spare. The dovetail drawer is also large enough to do the same.
The inside of the lid. I can't tell you how much better it looks in person.
When you close the lid, it pushes down on the pin and locks the drawer. The spring pops the pin back up and un-locks the drawer when the lid is open. So if you don't want to have to open the lid to open the drawer, the pin is easily removed. I was happy with my design on this one. Works perfectly!
Solid Maple Dovetail Drawers last a long time.
Right Side of the box. I was going to offer Brass Handles with this, but when I held the handles up to the side they were not worthy of being used on this box. They would hide the 'Teardrop' grain in the Walnut and just didn't look right. This box can easily be lifted by the bottom or by the 1/2" cap under the lid. Kinda heavy, but who's going to carry it around with them anyway?
The Back of the Box. Looks good from any side.
Here's the Left Side. They look alike because I used a lot of 'Consecutive' leaves of Veneer. Pieces of wood sliced very thin next to each other. If you look real close you can see a spot of glue in the middle at the bottom of the center Walnut panel. I didn't quite sand the glue completly out so it kinda shows. A little lighter than the wood. Minor, but enough to anger me and call it a flaw. Not perfect.
You can find out more about this box and purchase it at My Etsy Shop.