Various shenanigans #12: Opinion poll for my peeps.

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 11-21-2013 02:08 AM 1653 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, so a while ago while I had my finger joint set up set up, I made a bunch of boxes. A few of them never got done as I could not decide what to do for the lids. My recent Louis cube box was one of them. Here is the last of them…


Some awesome spalted figured maple. This was supposed to be violin necks… but the luthier tossed it for obvious reasons… (insert giant smiley face here)

I am trying to get everything that I have on the go done. This box is getting a lid I the next few days.. just not sure what its going to be. That’s where you all come in. I would like your opinions. Here are my selected choices as of right now..

I could make a panel out of this quilted maple.

Curly cherry

Quilted maple veneer

Walnut burl veneer

Or.. my only piece of masur birch veneer

I also have a pretty large selection of various veneers that could work, if there is one species that you think could work.

One last option would be to make a marquetry or parquetry panel, but I ruled those out as I thought it could ruin the look of the wood, or the wood ruin the panel.

I also have some spalted figured maple that I got from a pallet recently.. just thought I would take a picture of and share.

Oh… an No, sending it to you so it’s your problem is not an option. I was raised old school, and I face my problems and deal with them like a man.

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 02:20 AM

Walnut Burl

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 02:29 AM

have to +1 for the Walnut Burl
Its not even a competition

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 02:30 AM

Ill third the walnut.

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 02:44 AM

Quilted maple panel

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 03:20 AM

Walnut frame and three spalted maple panels from the pallet ,the two boards on the right .

-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 03:31 AM

I like the Walnut as well but it would really depend on what part of the walnut you use.
Needs to have as much of the darker burl showing as you can.
maybe cut off the first 4” of what you are showing us.
(the part that looks like a dog looking over the fence)

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#7 posted 11-21-2013 03:36 AM

Wow I never noticed that before but I can so see the dog now! I would keep that and use it for something neat

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#8 posted 11-21-2013 03:38 AM

LOL, you must be on the same medication…..

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 03:40 AM

Look at them all until one speaks to you. It will.
Only you can choose, sorry.

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 04:10 AM

YE CATS! How can it be anything other than the “masur birch veneer?” Holy Smokes, it’s a perfect match!

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 05:33 AM

Using two very figured woods together on the same box seems to clash to me, I would stick with all spalted maple and display its grain and color, but that’s only my opinion. I guess it’s personal taste, I have done it and didn’t care for it. If one of the woods where very plain I would say OK. Choose Jeremy but choose wisely. Remember it’s only a box.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 11-21-2013 05:45 AM

I agree with Tom. I am leaning towards walnut, but not the burl. Tomorrow I will take some more pictures with some contrasting but simpler veneers.

And maybe take Keifers advice and look more into making those other boards into a panel.

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 11:31 AM

I’m a little late on this but I have to agree with tomd and your comments.

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#14 posted 11-21-2013 04:07 PM

I’m not sure I get a vote because I don’t know if I’m one of your peeps. I’m certain I’m not your bro and I’m pretty sure I’m not your homie, home-slice or homeboy but I just don’t know about peep.
But if I do get a vote, then I say something dark like walnut, with no no wild figure because like they said above, that would just be clashing.

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#15 posted 11-23-2013 03:42 AM

my vote is for a walnut or cherry frame with a floating panel of the spalted maple. incidentally I also think you might need a bottom in the box;0) Gpops

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