Recipe Box

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Project by Celticscroller posted 09-16-2014 03:23 AM 1498 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this recipe box for my great niece’s 10th birthday. When I make boxes, I usually have a pattern to go by but I decided I needed a challenge in construction without a pattern! The bottom strip is maple and the lid is basswood. I don’t know what the dark wood is but if anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them. I’ve never worked with wood that was this hard. I made the mistake of deciding to stack cut the ends and the sides. I had to use a #5 blade to cut the fretwork ( I would normally use a 2/0) and even at that I went through about three blades. Sanding the wood was even a challenge, it was so hard! I learnt a lot and would definitely do things a little differently next time.
Comments are always welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Anna

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#1 posted 09-16-2014 03:27 AM

Not sure what kind of wood it is, but it sure looks pretty. I can see why you would stack cut…that’s allot of holes to drill and cut. What kind of SS do you use? I have a couple Hegners. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 03:39 AM

Thank you Larry. I use a DeWalt 788.

-- Anna

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#3 posted 09-16-2014 04:32 AM

Your Great niece is going to be thrilled with her recipe box! What a great gift!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 09-16-2014 08:57 AM

Anna, this is lovely! No wood expert here, it does look like some jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) I have used. Took me 7 full minutes to resaw a 12”X5” piece with a brand new bandsaw blade. Really tough stuff. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-16-2014 09:22 AM

Well done nice gift.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-16-2014 11:52 AM

Maybe jatoba? I found that to be one hard wood to cut.

You box is just BEAUTIFUL! What a work of art you made! I am sure she will keep it all her life!

I love seeing your projects, Anna! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 12:53 PM

Beautiful work Anna. It almost looks like Cocobolo, or Osage Orange. That’s my un-educated guess.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 09-16-2014 01:07 PM

lovely scroll work and a beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 09-16-2014 01:41 PM

That a great piece! Very unique and it will be cherished by your niece and generations that follow.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 03:26 PM

Beautiful work

-- Pete in NC

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 04:05 PM

Very nice Anna


-- 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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#12 posted 09-16-2014 07:44 PM

Very attractive work, as always Anna.

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

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#13 posted 09-16-2014 11:56 PM

That is some beautiful scroll work! I’m sure she will love her new recipe box!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 09-17-2014 02:45 AM

Thank you all for your very kind comments. Thanks to Sheila, Candy and Roger for their wood suggestions. I took a look on line at the wood database (thanks for the link Candy) and I think that Roger has hit the nail on the head. It looks like it might be Cocobolo – it certainly fits the pictures I looked at on the web. Beautiful wood but very hard! I used up all I had on the box as I only had a small plank. By the way my niece loved her recipe box – along with the recipes I included.

-- Anna

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#15 posted 09-17-2014 07:49 PM

Nice pattern and you perfectly executed it. What a fine job.

-- "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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