Minotaur box

Hello, you may call me Asterion.

I wanted to make an inlaid box with a secret. Instead of writing it up like I usually do, I’ll just let the pictures do the bulk of the talking.

Materials used:

  • 1/8" maple and purpleheart hardwoods
  • 1/16" yellowheart and padauk hardwoods
  • 1/16" brass rod, headliner fabric.

Face-on view:

Partly open:

The treasure revealed:

Mmm, treasure:

The trick:

The lid is a maze, you have to solve the maze by twisting the lid and guiding the three tabs along the correct path. I designed it to be “oh cool” difficulty, not “I’m going to throw this thing” difficulty. Fun project.

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Beautiful and well-executed!

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Very well done. Did you sand the burn off or use the Clorox wipe trick?

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The contrasting wood colors are stunning looking. Beautiful inlay too. :blush:

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I sanded it off, the clorox wipe (or any type of wiping) will not solve the surface imperfections problem, and my goal here was to have a completely smooth outside that is nice in the hand.

Besides, wiping doesn’t get the surface remotely clean enough for my tastes.

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I agree. Great job?

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Thanks? :slight_smile:

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Darn autocorrect! Meant to say !

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That is so very cool!! You did an amazing job with that one.

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Beautiful as always.

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The box is super fun! A minotaur paired with a maze…perfect.

Ha! Right?! The box is too pretty to just have tossed.

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It started with the maze idea, and I was thinking I should probably make it decorative in some way… the Minotaur came to mind almost immediately.

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First I thought… ok, Taurus… oh, last photo, mind blown! That’s pretty awesome; a 3D inside maze.

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I think this is my top 5 boxes you have made. Love the built in maze.

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This is sublime. I love it.

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The maze aspect is so great. Very fun. Box inlay is epic as usual.

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Impeccable inlay, next level stuff. Have you memorized the maze yet?

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Kind of? It’s easy to get lost. :slight_smile:

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That is FINE!

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Really, Really nice.

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