Mother's Maple & Walnut Boxes - Rescued Firewood!

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Project by SawdustyDan posted 03-08-2015 05:12 PM 1426 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting my Mom a few years ago, I re-filled her basement firewood bin. Among the random chunks, I found several that showed some promising colors and grains – so I “rescued” them from a fiery death! Took ‘em back home to Nebraska and let ‘em dry out for another year. When I got around to making some boards out of them, I was pleased to find some really nice patterns that Mother Nature had created for me.

The front piece(s) of the larger box were my starting point, and I built the box around that. In order to make a useable rectangle of them, I had to incorporate a triangle of curly walnut. It worked, I’d say! The top and sides are more ‘firewood’ that yielded a delicious quilted grain, when finished. The colors in the maple were a near-perfect compliment to the walnut; all of which came out of my scrap bins, by the way. So, this piece is made up of essentially a bunch of leftovers! The lid is a lift-off, but I’d put it on hinges if I could do it again. The lid also has a tendency to warp just a little with the changing seasons, dang it! She keeps this full of love and treasures.

The small box is also made from firewood and scraps. Very simple sliding-top design, with a book-matched lid. The pictured don’t show it very well, but I used a re-sawn piece of walnut and alternated the short-long cuts to give the box a “wrap-around” grain pattern. Makes a nice tea box for her.

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 05:19 PM

This is a real pretty box. Your Mom will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 06:19 PM

I like, well built box.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 07:59 PM

That box should give your mom bragging rights to all of her friends. It’s beautiful.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 12:11 AM

I am working on a jewelry box for my wife at the moment. Really admire the fit and fuss your putting in your boxes. Gorgeous! Go Huskers, bye the way.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 12:09 PM

Me likes firewood!
Nice find!

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 03-13-2015 07:30 AM

A very nice project from just old firewood!

Firewood reminds me of the pallet company in Freeport Illinois that would drop off a dump truck full of oak pallet lumber cut offs. I had one truck delivered to my house that my neighbor and I shared for projects and very cold winters.

Who are the Huskers … ?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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