Elm, beech, oak and walnut box project

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 11-16-2008 11:34 PM 1433 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings from relatively sunny Blackpool, England.

This project is very similar to Leanne’s box apart from the addition of oak and elm to the timber mix, different proportions, different lid style and a metal handle (cost more than everything else combined). So maybe not too similar then.

Although beautiful, this beech timber had a number of shakes, which I was unable to remove or really fill properly. The cutting waste to minimise the impact of these shakes was considerable. However, with the shakes placed inside the piece, there is little visual effect.

Prior to finishing the piece was not sanded, with the cabinet scrapers being used instead; I think that this gives a superior finish that brings out the timber’s full quality. The finish itself is three coats of Danish oil, rubbed down hard, with two coats of paste wax.

I hope that you like looking at this piece. It is a Christmas present for two dear friends.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#1 posted 11-16-2008 11:47 PM

Beautiful box, just gorgeous.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 11-16-2008 11:49 PM

Great looking joints!

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

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#3 posted 11-17-2008 12:17 AM

Great box Stanley.
PS. i too have seen Blackpool on a sunny day.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 11-17-2008 12:39 AM

Very nice job Stanley…great looking piece.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 11-17-2008 12:43 AM

Very interesting design and great looking box. The fit and finish look smooth and clean. If you don’t mind me asking… do you know where I can get plans for a box such as this?


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#6 posted 11-17-2008 01:01 AM

Stanley, this is a very nice looking box. I like the design.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 11-17-2008 03:25 AM

Nice box. I like the design and the excecution!
A fine gift for the lucky receiver.

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#8 posted 11-17-2008 03:31 AM

Great looking little box!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 11-17-2008 05:16 AM

Very beautiful design box.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 11-18-2008 01:42 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Don – I’m afraid that I don’t use plans for boxes. They are based around the timber that I have available and a rough idea in my head of what I want the finished article to look like. This gets switched around as I have new ideas or mess up and have to think of something to cover my mistake (which is how the lid got lined with walnut – the lid was too slack and the walnut tightened it up).

-- Stanley generally struggling

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