Dovetailed Spalted Oak Box

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Project by msurvilo posted 07-06-2014 08:50 PM 1169 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made out of some spalted/worm nibbled oak I found in my fire wood stack. I just got a 14” delta bandsaw and was able to resaw the sides from a couple of logs. I’m running out of this stuff and I want to use it for all it’s worth! This is my second box with the stuff, and I’ve made a couple pens with it also.

This is also my first time doing handcut dovetails (more than two pins) and boy is it time consuming! I imagine it will go quicker and quicker the more I work on it…

The lid, bottom and feet are made out of a piece of japenese maple….I think. Since I’m young and strapped for cash they were recycled from an office desk I found by the side of the road. The tabs on the lid are made from sapele.

I finished it with one coat of shellac, and then two coats of rub on satin poly.

Thanks for looking!

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 12:30 AM

Beautiful wood, nice joinery.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 01:12 AM

Certainly has character. I usually don’t care for oak, but that’s some really nice work.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 10:42 AM

Absolutely beautiful. nice job.

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 07:02 PM

really liking this

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 07:52 PM

Great patterns and colors. Gotta get my hand on some spalted wood.

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 07:49 PM

Beautiful wood. Awesome work on the dovetails. Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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