I like that a lot C1
My 1st Build (ongoing) http://www.cnczone.com/forums/diy-cnc_router_table_machines/134670-one_big_one_smaller_my.html
With a horizontal panel inside it could be turned into a really nice router bit case.
It's mostly true though, a plain box can be made with a table saw, router, chisel, and hammer. The original floral design can be done with chip carving tools and a lot of skill.
I prefer having a CNC machine do the chip carving for me. It has no problem doing the really tedious work that I have no skills for and is not as lazy as I am.
Hard, tedious, work fascinates me. I can sit and watch it for hours.
Very nice box, C1. I really like the way the c-knot design produces that shading effect that is picked up with the stain. That got my wheels spinning.
I've been working on something similar. Not to hijack your thread, I posted some pics of it here. Its my attempt at a full 2 cabinet tool chest for my woodworking tools.
The drawer fronts are similar to your box patterns in that it's a V carve (not 3D) and uses stain, but I also used a color wash on it before the stain, which I think has a nice effect, but I wonder if the shading like you did would have worked.
Anyway, great job, and I'm sure your recipient will love it!
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Wow, that's really nice! Maybe some Celtic wrench knot designs would work. That's what my two steel tool cabinets look like inside each drawer. Everything all mangled together. The only organization is that each drawer in my tool cabinets have a different type of tool in it. At least I know that screwdrivers are all in one drawer (or scattered all over the shop).
Are all joints in your cabinet glued, or glued and fastened with brad nails?
I would consider building something similar to your cabinet just for wood chisels and router bits. Currently I have an oak veneer plywood chest I bought at Lowes 15 years ago and the drawers aren't tall enough to stand router bits on the shanks in pockets.
The 3D Celtic Knot font is a true Vcarve operation from regular vector lines. I suppose the lines that create the shading effect by stepping down a little with each one does it by making each step with closer spaced vector lines. The steps appear to be about 0.005" each. It has a visible rounding effect, and staining the knots enhances the effect. It's a slick way of simulating a 3D effect.
I agree the is some great work I think that is a nice project for me to try once I get more advanced..