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Project by woodchips posted 10-03-2008 06:02 PM 2029 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi all,

this is my first real attempt at a nice small box and there’s a great story behind it. obviously there are more than a few flaws with the box but overall it looks ok. it is spalted beech and the wood comes from a huge beech tree that was taken down in my neighborhood. the homeowner was kind enough to give me and my friend both of the largest logs so we’re going to slab them up on sunday, or at least one of them anyway. so in a gesture of thanks i made her this small box and it will be a nice way for her to remember that big beautiful beech tree.

here’s some shots of the logs that she gave us. as you can tell i’m very happy and can’t wait to get some 3 and 4 inch slabs from these babies.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 10-03-2008 08:19 PM

A lot of visual interest. Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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lew

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 08:40 PM

I like it!

It has a rustic character to it. Nice Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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jm82435

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#3 posted 10-03-2008 09:48 PM

That is a box with a lot of character. I like it… how small is it?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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woodchips

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#4 posted 10-03-2008 10:03 PM

i forgot to measure it before i gave it away. but the measurements are approximately 2 3/4” tall x 8” x 4”. all very approximate. it was a good learning experience and there are many things that i know i will do differently next time. the picture really doesn’t do the figure justice, all i have is a little point-n-shoot digital camera. but once i put the watco danish oil on it, the wood really seemed to take on some dimension and depth. i cut those pieces out of a firewood sized piece of the beech that had fallen some time ago. all i have for resawing is my tablesaw so i’m kinda limited on what i can resaw.

thanks for the kind words ya’ll.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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stanley_clifton

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#5 posted 10-03-2008 11:06 PM

If there are flaws they add to the character. Good to see the original timber.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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davidtheboxmaker

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#6 posted 10-06-2008 08:47 PM

The timber’s got a lot of cahracter and youi let it speak. Nice job.

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Edward E Nock II

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#7 posted 05-11-2009 04:38 AM

DAMN!!!!! That’s BEATIFUL!!!!!! I can’t quite figure out the jointing of the sides. I guessing box joint?????
I wish I had some of that wood.

GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ED

-- ED NOCK

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#8 posted 05-11-2009 04:41 AM

rustic wonder

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 07:08 PM

Nice. Well done chips!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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