White Oak Box

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Project by michaelray posted 04-17-2014 10:11 PM 1756 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was ‘carved’ from a section of a reclaimed white oak beam that I pulled from a barn a couple of years ago. The beam was about 5 – 6 feet long and this box came from the bottom section that was rounded smooth from all the livestock rubbing against it over the course of about fifty years from what I’m told.

The carving was done with a dish carving bit in my router and a collet extension. I filled the voids in the bottom with some clear epoxy.

Finish is BLO, wipe on poly, and orange oil/beeswax polish. The handle is hand-forged (not by me), can’t remember where I bought it at the moment.


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#1 posted 04-17-2014 10:40 PM

Looks great. I would have expected darker wood from a barn with cattle in it

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 11:43 PM

That second picture (the end of the box) is awesome, and of course, you’ve got to start with an awesome box to get an awesome picture. Cool idea and great photography.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#3 posted 04-17-2014 11:51 PM

Very cool man. That handle is perfect.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 04-17-2014 11:53 PM

Handle really suits it. Also a big fan of that 2nd picture. Very cool idea and execution.

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#5 posted 04-18-2014 12:53 AM

This looks great. Nice recycle project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 04-18-2014 12:55 AM

Very cool, love it

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-18-2014 05:58 AM

Michael, great build with a lot of patience carving this out. Is the top hollowed? I like that end shot. I would have added a hinge, but I’m a little crazy that way. What are you going to put into it?

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#8 posted 04-18-2014 08:16 AM

Very nice use of some special wood. How does the top latch to the bottom? Looks like it pivots at one corner, what is the pivot made from.

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#9 posted 04-18-2014 01:10 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’m pretty happy with the photo of the end myself. I used a longer (300 mm) lens for that shot.

Boxguy – Initially the plan was to add hinges and a latch. But at the last minute I remembered I had the forged handle. Seemed to fit the style a bit better. The top is not hollowed – again part of the initial plan but evolved into something else.

OldWrangler – No pivot. The lid lifts off. It’s only kept in position by some small pieces of end grain at each corner that match the inside curve of the corners.


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#10 posted 04-18-2014 02:21 PM

I really like this. It really works, great job.

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#11 posted 04-18-2014 02:40 PM

Nice looking box. Very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-18-2014 07:04 PM

Really nice looking, love the second pic as well.

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#14 posted 04-20-2014 04:18 AM

That is awesome! I love the history intrinsic in projects like this!

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