Box for a Christmas Gift

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Project by Joe Watson posted 12-23-2008 04:18 AM 1731 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box I made from recycled wood. I dont know what kind of wood this is. It was wood my brother found. I put dowels in the ends for character. Im still learning how certain things work making boxes and such.

edit: Can anyone venture a guess what kind of wood this is?

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#1 posted 12-23-2008 04:54 AM

Very Nice!

I like the color contrasts between the top and the sides.

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#2 posted 12-23-2008 06:19 AM

Nice Job. Can’t tell for sure, perhaps the sides are birch, possibly ash?

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#3 posted 12-23-2008 07:28 AM

Looks like alder for the top and birch for the rest.

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#4 posted 12-23-2008 04:20 PM

You have made a very attractive Christmas gift. I liked the use of dowels.

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#5 posted 12-23-2008 05:18 PM

If this is just gift wraping, the gift must be out of this world.
This really is a green box since you repurposed the wood.
Nice box.

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#6 posted 12-23-2008 05:24 PM

well the box is a Christmas gift not something to put stuff in.

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#7 posted 12-23-2008 10:15 PM

It does look like it could be Birch based on the even grain pattern and light brown sapwood. One way you might be able to test it, if you have leftover, is to apply stain to it. Rick Peter’s book, Woodworker’s Guide to Wood, states that, “When stained, the difference between heartwood and sapwood is barely noticeable.” (p. 29)

Very nice looking box, btw.

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#8 posted 01-11-2009 04:59 AM

at first picture the top looks like Cherry with either an Oak or Hickory handle on top of it and I believe the sides and bottom are Hickory as well . The top in the third pic doesn’t resemble Cherry from that angle any longer . Did you stain the top with something ?

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#9 posted 01-11-2009 10:03 AM

finish is shellac with no stain at all.

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#10 posted 01-12-2009 05:36 AM

Great Lookin Box

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#11 posted 03-19-2009 06:17 AM

I was leaning toward lots of hickory

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#12 posted 09-14-2009 03:54 AM

i think this wood in this is actually flooring material would hickory be an option in flooring material? i know ash would be.

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#13 posted 09-14-2009 03:59 AM

Nice box Joe

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#14 posted 07-04-2013 09:24 PM

Very nice box. I really like the dowels in the ends. Did you leave them proud as in craftsmen style or flush them? Nice gift.

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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