Utility box gets new life

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Project by Bill posted 04-30-2014 04:32 AM 1835 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this box spent a year of it’s life messed up and unfinished, holding sandpaper on the workbench. I had originally set this box up for a dowel hinge, and realized I cut the slot for the tray way to high for this to work well. Instead of burning it, I kept it for a less glorified use. Finally decide to give it a new lease on life and finished it out.

Any how, I started on this box when it was still a rosewood log, cut the boards out on the band saw, and let them dry for a year. the trays came from the same log, and were power carved to shape. The lid is spalted maple, and the box is finished with wipe on poly and waxed. It is 8×10ish.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 04:52 AM

Outstanding! The energy in this box is phenomenal. I like that you have incorporated the knots in the design of the box! What is old is new!

Wabi Sabi!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 06:12 AM

Cool combination of woods, the sapwood of the rosewood and the maple merge well (spectacular rosewood)

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 08:53 AM

Nice save this is way to nice to burn. Amazing wood!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 09:42 AM

As always, you display the unique beauty of the wood in your work. All boards should be honored to go to your shop.

Beautiful work.

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

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 11:19 AM

Bill, this is an interesting combination of wood. Glad to see you promoted this box to a higher rank than sandpaper holder. It deserves the upgrade.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 11:39 AM

Wow you certainly did give this box new life. Beautiful wood and very nicely sculpted, another excellent creation.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 11:59 AM

Very beautiful box, Bill! The grain is outstanding!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-30-2014 01:31 PM

Wow what a awesome job. Love the grain layout and the way you did the top.

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#9 posted 04-30-2014 01:35 PM

They say that great things are worth waiting for. One of the most spectacular ones I have seen, glad you saved it.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 04-30-2014 01:40 PM

Even your “messed up” boxes are masterpieces. Those are some of the coolest woods I have ever seen. The way you matched that bookmatched grain with the knot around the corner is just perfect.

Can’t wait for the next installment!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 04-30-2014 02:15 PM

Absolutely beauiful….wow….excellent work !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#12 posted 04-30-2014 02:36 PM

Beautiful! Lovely box.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#13 posted 04-30-2014 03:12 PM

this is a beautiful box. I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 04-30-2014 04:20 PM

What a great looking box. The wood id beautiful. Nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#15 posted 04-30-2014 10:14 PM

Beautiful wood and you used it well. Nice shaping!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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