Redwood Box

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Project by robert triplett posted 02-12-2015 07:23 PM 988 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought some ‘scrap’ chunks of redwood from some guys who cut guitar blanks in N. California. I finally have a bandsaw big enough to resaw the wood. I hadn’t made a box with this type of top for a few years, but this size box (12” x 12” x 5”) needed something different. Curly Redwood for the sides and bottom. Redwood Burl for the top. Natural Danish Oil for the finish. The other box is Redwood Burl for the box and Cottonwood Burl for the top. The third box is Curly Fir and Curly Redwood. Finally got my new shop how I want it and busy getting ready for Shows. I might do a group shot of the work so far, but too many to post. Retirement is great. Lots of time to play in the shop!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 11:32 PM

that is some beautiful wood robert, i look forward to seeing your future projects…really nice box

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 01:11 AM

A great set of boxes my friend. And I still have a few bits of each of those woods you sent me. The curley fir is still my favorite! Best wishes for the upcoming shows. And glad you are enjoying your retirement.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 01:22 AM

Ahhhhh…retirement….sounds nice..very happy for you…15 years in the classroom stilll for me…


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#4 posted 02-13-2015 01:26 AM

I couldn’t stop looking at these. I love Redwood!

Must be ESP or something because I was just going to start making two boxes with lids that open like the first one you are showing.

Sweet boxes.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 09:39 AM

Beautiful work and craftsmanship. Love all the woods you used especially the last box. Looking forward to seeing what all you have done for the upcoming show. Ain’t retirement fun?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 11:46 AM

Robert, I love the wood you are using. The redwood sides and cottonwood top is especially beautiful. You always find such cool woods to combine. Your work has taken another step forward with your new tools in your new space.

Hope your tools are on wheels. Mine floated around in the shop for several years until they found the right homes in the right places. The key for me was to organize my shop into work stations with all the tools needed for an operation like glue-ups, sanding, and hinge installations grouped in one area and within easy reach.

Work stations made crafting boxes much more efficient and more fun. It let me concentrate on creativity and not so much on mechanics. It ended wandering around looking for tools. Selling boxes is a great way to buy snazzy new tools.

Congratulations on your recent retirement. Like you, I never went to work…I always went to school. Teaching was fun. Once you heal up for this first year, get some nagging health problems fixed, and learn a new time pattern, retirement becomes even more fun.

If you are going to travel, now is the time. None of us beats Father Time and your health and that of your spouse is not likely to get significantly better than it is right now. Don’t put travel plans off. The window is smaller than you think.

Back to boxes…I would have rounded more corners with softer woods like redwood. They dent so easily. My boxes sell better when I put more time on the insides and include things like liners, sliding trays, and dividers for jewelry, tea bags, and cards.

If you have a spindle sander, this type of lift offers another look…though I like the look of your lifts. More about lifts here.

Great woods, great work, great ideas. Have fun and vacuum the dust, don’t eat it. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 01:26 PM

Purdee cool. I like the way the doors open, and, wow, that grain on them all!

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

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 09:14 PM

Thanks for all of the comments. I may not have the skill or patience to make a masterpiece like some I have seen on Lumberjocks, but I cover that lack by choosing pretty wood!! BoxGuy- I do have some tools on wheels, but some like the big bandsaw and the tablesaw need to be either bolted to the floor or solid on the floor. I am pretty happy with the flow of work in my shop. I do have a small work table that I can roll to the tool. Thanks for the good tips. I did drive to visit my mother in Illinois in October. Brought back a lot of Osage Orange too from my niece’s farm.
I am glad i moved away from where my school is. No thoughts of even visiting or especially substitute teaching there.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 10:26 PM

Robert, You don’t give yourself enough credit. I consider many of your boxes masterpieces.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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