|Project by SawdustyDan||posted 03-08-2015 05:12 PM||1556 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
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