Fruit & Nuts, a Simple Rustic Box

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Project by littlecope posted 08-26-2014 05:39 PM 1611 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a few weeks ago I was playing around with the Log-sawing Sled, cutting up some more of the dead Pear branches, when I came up with these…

There wasn’t much there but enough, I thought, to make a small box…
The two pieces were pinned together with dowels for joining one edge…

This box was a rather distracted affair, being made while my mind was on the packing and details of our Vacation last week… Though working in fits and starts, an hour here, twenty minutes there, in a few days this “appeared” in the shop, with the last of the Walnut used as Panels…(Pear & Walnut, Fruit & Nuts)...

After some clean-up, the top was sawn off and simple Pear hinges were fashioned for it…

The glue-up of the hinges gave me conniptions! I hate disparaging a product, but the Ma & Pa Hardware where I buy my glue was out of Titebond III… so Gorilla Glue was purchased instead, one’s just like the other, right?

Wrong! I haven’t had good luck with it at all! I’ll be switching back to TB3, may even have to take a trip to the dreaded Orange-topped place to get some… :-(
When we got back from Vacation (usual place- York, Maine… Weather- Picture Perfect)... I ended up putting a dowel through the top half of each hinge, at an angle, the better to hold them on with…
Of course, with the sides being so thin, the dowel pierced through and into the box a little… Hence, the “rustic” description…

Anyway, it isn’t much, but it does make a pretty good Candy holder… :)

26 August 2014

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 05:49 PM

another great york works

and from tree to treats

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 05:57 PM

Well done Mike. It looks really good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 06:21 PM

Nice little box, Mike!

With that inside, I’m afraid I’d have to put a lock on it ;^)

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

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 06:23 PM

its really some beautiful wood, and at first i thought it was red cedar, but pear, i was so surprised..i really like this one mike, and i would really like it when its opened and i get to have some of that candy….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 06:27 PM

In spite of distractions, this came out nicely Mike. By the way, I have been designated the official taste tester for York. Send those patties to me and I will check them out for you.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 06:27 PM

Mike that is a great box
The way you got the grain just does it
I sure miss candy :(


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 06:29 PM

Thanks Guys…
I was surprised and pleased when the finish went on, that Pear took on a red glow that was not expected!
Lew: Believe it or not, I have pretty good self-control, I only eat two at a time… Every 20 or 30 minutes or so… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 07:11 PM

Looks mighty nice Mike.
And I can’t think of a better item for it to hold…lol

-- Eric, central Florida

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 08:09 PM

I like the timber colour, mind you I have never seen pear timber before,
Is it the same timber from the fruit we eat The pear?

From other comments I assume the little silver bags are some sort of Sweet that every body in the US knows about!

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 09:07 PM

4 stars ! fun stuff

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 08-26-2014 09:40 PM

Thanks again my Friends!
Robert: It is indeed wood from the Pear Tree, from which we enjoy the fruit… My Landlord also owns the property and building next to ours, and in their yard grows a fine old tree… There were some dead branches that he pruned off of it last Spring and I cut and grabbed some bits of it before it was hauled off to be burned…
As far as the Candies, those are York Peppermint Patties… I’m a little surprised that those are not world-wide, they’re certainly good enough to be! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 08-26-2014 09:55 PM

Mikeal great box build .love the wood grain and those hinges look great on it ,fruit and nuts and yorks for desert , old pear tree made a a good looking box

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 08-26-2014 10:44 PM

Nice wood. Nice hinges. Nice candy!! :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 08-27-2014 12:03 AM

Great looking box! That pear wood is really interesting looking—didn’t know it was red!

-- Dean

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#15 posted 08-27-2014 02:10 AM

Great looking box, but with those contents, it definitely needs a lock. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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