Core Sample display boxes

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Project by 1stump posted 12-03-2008 05:58 AM 3930 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My father requested I make these for his mining company so they are able to display the core samples from his mining companies latest property. They are constructed out of Red Oak and the corners are joined using a box joint to resemble the old dynamite boxes. The hardest part of the project was cutting the stopped dados for the deviders in the ends. This picture does not show it well, but they are still in need of several more coats of the poly/oil finish. Had to rush it a bit to get them to a show in Reno on time. Like my dad says “looks good to the man in the airplane”. I’ll complete the finish after the show!

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#1 posted 12-03-2008 05:59 AM

Very nice!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#2 posted 12-03-2008 06:40 AM

great looking cases nice job.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#3 posted 12-03-2008 07:22 AM

Really nice. I like the “rustic” look you were able to achieve.

-- Rick

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 12-03-2008 02:14 PM

very nice. I recently did a carrying case, and I like yours much better. Nice detail on the corner joinery. Where do you get your clasps and handles?


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 12-03-2008 02:22 PM

great project with meaningful purpuse!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 12-03-2008 04:02 PM

Nice boxes, & great craftsmanship.

I once worked on a mineral exploration drill, way back in 1950-51.

Some people built garages sheathed with those old dynamite boxes.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 12-03-2008 06:03 PM

Thank you all very much!
To Mark: I purchased all of the hardware from Rockler, I was looking for one supplier I could get it all from quickly. Also I am very impressed with your work and have never done any inlaying or scrimshaw work. I’ll leave that to you artists. I am mearly a “wood butcher”!

-- Loving what I do, while I do it for Christ !

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#8 posted 12-03-2008 09:24 PM

Beautiful work. I could see those also being used for poker chips (with a few modifications)

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 09-15-2011 09:47 PM

They look terrific! Are you still making them? I could do with four of them, 30 inches long for NQ core (2 inch slots).
Thanks Mel

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#10 posted 09-16-2011 02:46 PM

Let me know if you ever decide to make more. Those look great! Price seems right; it’s not a problem. Thanks Mel

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