Spice Box

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Project by MedicKen posted 2030 days ago 4020 views 9 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been a long and fun journey but I must now say that my spice box is complete!! It is built almost entirely of black walnut, first project I have built with walnut and I must say I LOVE that wood. The grain patterns, color, texture are stunning. The raised panel door is curly maple, leftovers from my previous project. All of the drawer fronts are walnut with poplar being the secondary wood, not much of a selection of wood in this area. The middle compartment is veneered with an awesome walnut burl. There is a false back behind the middle drawer that allowed a hidden compartment to be located. There are 2 hidden compartments that can only be accessed from the rear of the box. The bottom drawer must be removed, reach through the cabinet and lift a cleat screwed to the back panel. The panel, when removed allows access to the secret compartments. The top one is concealed by the mooulding at the top of the case. The other is hidden behind the veneered drawer. The finish is tung oil and wax. I got really bored watching the oil dry. The only mechanical fasteners are located in the cleats that secure the back panel, every other joint is glued. The drawers are all tongue and groove. It was a lot of fun, hope the wife likes it, was supposed to be her gift for christmas. Guess we’ll see what she thinks later. I dont know if it really meets the requirements, but the middle drawer is a burl, basically a bunch of knots so I will enter into both. There is also a knot in the upper left corner of the moulding on the front.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#1 posted 2030 days ago

sweet and spicy….beautiful maple…

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#2 posted 2030 days ago

SWEET!!! wish I could make something like that!!

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#3 posted 2030 days ago

Nice project, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 2030 days ago

Mighty fine, mighty fine.

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#5 posted 2030 days ago

beautiful. love that walnut.

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#6 posted 2030 days ago

Beautiful job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 2030 days ago


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 2030 days ago

I second the fellows LJs above.

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#9 posted 2029 days ago


Good Luck in the contest.


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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 2029 days ago

well done … this one just waiting for the Antique Roadshow circa 2109

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#11 posted 2028 days ago

Very nice design and workmanship.I like the thought that went into the hidden compartments.Well done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 2028 days ago

Looks like you picked up Steve Latta's bug. This piece is certainly not for the faint of heart and you have done it beautiful justice.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 2028 days ago

Douglas I did get the inspiration from that plan. I dont know if I did it justice or not, I do know it was a definate challenge. I had a great time with it and it did stretch my abilities to the breaking point as well as my patience. I dont expect to win the contest, I just wanted to be able to compete after all I have only been at this for a couple of years. There are a LOT of extremely talented people here.
Thanks to all for the comments. It is nice to be a part of a site that is encouraging of others regardless of their skills and knowledge, unlike some other wood sites out there.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#14 posted 1954 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#15 posted 1951 days ago

That’s a sweet spice box. What holds the back in place from falling out? I like the hidden compartment.


-- John

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