|Project by woodrookieII||posted 11-07-2014 12:30 AM||1004 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
Stopped at a garage sale the other day and noticed an old mechanics creeper in the trash barrel. Looked to have been run over by a truck or something. Casters were all bent, one missing. It had some wood slats as the body and they seemed to be ok. It was dirty and scuffed and covered in something yucky. But the wood had an interesting look to it. In that same barrel was a couple of wood flooring cutoffs. Could barely make out the words “Made In Brazil”. So I asked if I could have them, and like true garage sale vendors they said “sure”, for a buck.
The flooring cutoffs turned out to be Brazilian Black Walnut. Hardest stuff on the planet. (Well, almost.) Re-sawed it down to 3/8s thickness, mitered the corners and made several small simple boxes. (Only one is pictured with a hickory lid.)
The mechanics creeper wood cleaned up beautifully after a couple passes through the planner. Stumped as to what kind of wood it is. Very soft, very light in weight, but really really nice graining. Just the right size for a few more small simple boxes. (Only two are shown.)
I had enough of the two woods to make 10 boxes, all 4 inches square and 3 inches tall. Sold all of them at the craft show last Saturday for 20 bucks a piece.
Summa ‘dis an summa ‘dat and ya gots 2 bills.