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Project by dickreeves posted 1986 days ago 1379 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had signed up for a decorative box making class with Doug Stowe last summer. In preperation for the class, Doug suggested bringing along a raw piece of wood that has some special meaning behind it to make boxes out of. I remembered a piece of wood that I found while cleaning out my dad’s garage after he had passed away several years ago (see above). My thoughts were to cut off the bark side, then square them up into nice uniform shapes and sizes to make the sides from it (I suppose that’s the engineer in me).

I’m glad I waited for the class to get Doug’s input. He suggested leaving the bark edge in tact and making them into tops. I was thrilled with the suggestion and was able to get six tops out of the piece of wood. I’m not sure what type of wood it is (walnut of some sort?) and would appreciate any suggestions from y’all. The sides are cherry with splines out of the “mystery” wood. The wooden hinges were made from mahogany.

The boxes where handed out at Christmas to each of my siblings and to mother. That suggestion of using a special piece of wood made it all the more meaningful project for me.

-- dick





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majeagle1

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#1 posted 1986 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s…........... great to see you onboard and joining in. This is the most fabulous group of people I have ever interacted with.

Great little box you’ve created and the top is just beautiful. It kind of looks like Myrtle wood to me. I have a piece very similar with the same coloring and grain. I am sure there are many more people alot more qualified than me to identify this “mystery wood”, but that’s just my guess…..........

What part of the country did it come from?

Thanks for posting

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bamasawduster

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#2 posted 1986 days ago

Beautiful piece overall. I love it that the box is not square. Bet getting everything correct on the front right corner was fun. Love the top. A beautiful chunk of wood with a beautiful story. Who could ask for more!!

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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charboucher

11 posts in 1986 days


#3 posted 1986 days ago

I have to agree with Bamasawduster, that it has character as it is and that its not a uniform square top. Great idea too for gifts. Something with a real story and meaning.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1986 days ago

Nice box. I’m sure your mother and siblings appreciate it ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tinnman65

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#5 posted 1986 days ago

Very nice work, I guess you have to think outside the box (pun intended) to come up with that kind of design.
If I’m not mistaken I recognize M.A.S.W. in the pictures. I was just reading the catalog about that class just today.
A great school with great instructors.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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WoodSpanker

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#6 posted 1986 days ago

Beautiful AND meaningful. What a combination. I love it.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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scottb

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#7 posted 1986 days ago

what a great piece of wood, and perfect keepsakes for your family.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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HTS

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#8 posted 1986 days ago

What a great idea! I was also surprised to see you go further and follow the shape of the top. Very cool. I think it brought even more meaning to the special boxes! (I have a hard time getting out of the “box” too!)

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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BarryW

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#9 posted 1986 days ago

I’d have thought the wood to be Zebra…but then I’m no expert…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Andy

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#10 posted 1986 days ago

Nice boxes!
Its hard to tell from just a photo but that looks alot like Myrtlewood.There is a pronounced streaking that runs deep and dark in contrast to the yellowish tan lighter wood.It also has more of a shimmer to the surface than Walnut.
The give away for me would be the smell when cutting it.Walnut smells spicey and wonderful,Myrtlewood smells like you just peed on the wood stove.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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Andy

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#11 posted 1986 days ago

Nice boxes!
Its hard to tell from just a photo but that looks alot like Myrtlewood.There is a pronounced streaking that runs deep and dark in contrast to the yellowish tan lighter wood.It also has more of a shimmer to the surface than Walnut.
The give away for me would be the smell when cutting it.Walnut smells spicey and wonderful,Myrtlewood smells like you just peed on the wood stove.
Here is a link to one of my boxes made from Walnut with a Myrtlewood accent.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2646

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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John Gray

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#12 posted 1986 days ago

Andy please tell us about the time you peed on a wood stove, that’s surely the only way to know the smell? ROFLMAO (Rolling On Floor Laughing My Axx Off)

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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