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Jun012016

Maz Kanata's Curio - Lightsaber box

 The Curio Project

 

Thanks for checking this page!  This is a one of kind, one-off (meaning only one was ever made) curio box seen in The Force Awakens.  It contains Luke's saber.   The box is made from hand-antiqued pine, laser cut materials, sculpted epoxy, metal hinges, and leather.  The rough dimensinos are 24" wide, 12" tall and 12" deep.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW IT WAS MADE:


The first thing we needed to do was estimate the rough dimensions.

 

 

Pine lumber was my material of choice.  Here we are cutting the boards to their proper specs.  

 



Cardboard templates were made for the dovetail joints,  traced (positive on one board, negative on its mate) and hand-cut.  

 

 


The most time consuming part (days and days of work!) was antiquing the wood - making it look thousands of years old.  Initially I tested several techniques I found on youtube (steel wool soaked in vinegar, etc..) but those solutions achieved very timid, mild weathering.  Not satisfacatory whatsoever.

These boards were weathered 100% mechanically by hand (chisels, dremels, scraping tools, sandpaper, etc..)  The results are very convincing!!

The box beginning to take shape...... 

The trim pieces were started as cardboard templates...... 

 

...which were then scanned and converted into vector drawings. 

 

 

 

 

 

I custom mixed a stain that's a combination of walnut and red cherry. From there it was customized further by adding filters of less viscous stain. 

 

I'm back from the laser cutter.  Here's all the trim pieces (polycarbonate) layed out on the curio.  Some texturing will be needed before painting them with a metallic effect.

 

The smooth trim pieces were then textured using a special acrylic solution. 

 

 

 

 

This is the first rough assembly of the box with it's base colors applied.  The steel hinges are all fully functional.  Weathering/darkening stain layers will be needed to achieve the proper look on both the wood and trim. Right now everything is too new looking.

 

 

  

FINIS!!

 

 

A closer look at the details!  For your custom build needs, contact me at impervium@hotmail.com