Boxes

Boxes – Desk Box, Jewellery Box, Cufflink Box, Keepsake Box……
A box can be for whatever purpose you wish. All the boxes on this page have been hand-made and each one is unique.  Some are of traditional dovetailed construction, others have mitred joints, these being reinforced with mitre ‘keys’ (also known as splines), made of a contrasting timber.  Using a contrasting timber ensures that they are beautiful as well as functional (the mitre key/spline reinforces the joint).
All of the boxes shown here have tops and bases made from veneers, some of which are quite modest in appearance, some of which are quite bold (look, for instance, at the box with the Zebrano top).  Many also have inlaid strings made from Ebony, Boxwood, or Swiss Pear.  These ‘strings’ have all been hand-made – a painstaking and time-consuming process, but one which enhances the visual appeal of the box and further enhances its unique character.
If you would like me to design and make you a box, to your specification, please contact me.  The boxes shown on this page are just some examples of my work.
Small desk box in Maple, with a Quilted Maple top
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The box sides are made from Ice Maple and the top is Quilted Maple veneer.  The box is lined with Cedar of Lebanon and it has a brass lock and brass hinges. The sides are mitre joined, with reinforcing mitre 'keys' made of Swiss Pear

Dimensions:

260mm x 230mm x 62mm

Large desk box in Maple, with a Quilted Maple top
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Walnut Box, lined with Maple
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Dimensions:

280mm x 210mm x 80mm

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This box, and the two shown below it, are of dovetailed construction.  This Walnut box has a parquetry top: the central diamond motif is in Zebrano veneer

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Oak Box, lined with Maple
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Dimensions:

300mm x 230mm x 92mm

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Cherry box with Rippled Sycamore top
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Dimensions:

300mm x 230mm x 92mm

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If you wish to discuss details concerning any of the boxes shown here, or how I might be able to design and make something to your specific requirements, please contact me for a no-obligation chat. Perhaps you're thinking of a wedding or baptism gift, a jewellery or cufflink box, somewhere to keep treasured items and other 'memories', or perhaps a Christmas Eve box for a child?  Whatever your requirements, your box will be handmade and unique.

Spalted Beech box, with a Brown Oak top, with Ebony inlay, and solid brass stop hinges
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N.B., a Stop Hinge allows the box lid to stay upright and open at an angle of 95 degrees

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American Black Walnut box, with a Lacewood liner and Maple drop-in tray and dividers. The top includes inlaid Swiss Pear stringing and the lid lifts are in Ebony
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The crossed Divider can be lifted out

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Small box in English Cherry, with two drop-in trays and Maple dividers. The top includes inlaid Swiss Pear stringing. The Cherry used in this box was from a branch removed from a tree in Wiltshire more than 20 years ago
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The box has solid brass stop hinges

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The crossed Divider can be lifted out

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Small box in Sycamore, with a Sapele top and Maple and Walnut dividers
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The box's Divider can be lifted out

Small box in Spalted Beech, with a Maple top
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The box lid includes inlaid Ebony stringing and an Ebony lid-lift

The box has solid brass stop hinges

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The crossed Divider can be lifted out

Brown Oak box, with a Common Oak top and base, the top incorporating Boxwood inlaid stringing. This box has solid brass stop hinges
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Pink Maple box with a Quilted Maple veneered top.  This box is made from Maple of a noticeably pink hue. The beautifully figured Quilted Maple veneered top has a similarly pink colour. The drop-in tray, and the two boxes, are made from Rippled Ash, with Walnut bases
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The Quilted Maple veneers on the box's top have been book-matched

The mitred joints have been reinforced with mitre keys (also called splines), in Maple, in a dovetail form

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This box has solid brass stop hinges

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Spalted Beech and Zebrano box, with inlaid Ebony stringing.  The box has solid brass stop hinges
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The two inner boxes are made from Sapele, with Walnut lids and hand-turned Maple lid-lifts

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The two inner boxes are mitre-jointed and these mitres are reinforced with mitre keys (or splines...)