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Project by Dave Rutan posted 06-08-2015 01:11 AM 1239 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto]

It’s Done! This is a box I made with the slices of small tree trunk that I mentioned earlier. I think the wood is pear, but then again who said I know my trees? ([EDIT] It’s elm!) The source wood for this is from a small tree I cut down a few years ago. Most of the trunk is still laying on my bank, so I cut another chunk off and brought it in the shop.

After slicing it on the band saw I ran it through my thickness planer so that they would be a uniform thickness. They had such character to the wood that I wanted to make something, worm holes and all. This little 3×5 inch box is the result.

The walnut was some scrap lengths I had from trimming down a walnut drawer front. I wasn’t going to throw THAT away, and I’m glad I found a use for it. The wraps for the corners are made of the same wood as the sides. They hide my lose double-rabbet joints.

I only had to buy the two small hinges for this glue-together box. Several coats of spray lacquer finished it off. My wife loves it, so I’m giving it to her. It’s only coincidence that tomorrow is the 35th anniversary of the day we met.

Here’s two shots of it before being finished and without the latch.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 01:17 AM

Nice looking box, great figure in the “pear”, and nice contrast in the two woods. Great work here.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 01:38 AM

Super job. Looks great with the walnut. I wish the pear wood I had looked that nice.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 06-08-2015 06:33 AM

Dave Yep that worked!

A nice Partridge perched on top would set it off nicely (tee hee)

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 06-08-2015 08:39 AM

It’s wonderful box. I like the combination of woods you choose. Those grains looks nice.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-08-2015 12:02 PM

Congratulations 35 years later Dave, it sounds like she’s a Keeper!
So is the Box, Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 06-08-2015 12:50 PM

It’s a nice design and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 06-08-2015 01:36 PM

You did well by that pear wood, Dave!
Congratulations on the anniversary!

-- God bless, Candy

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 06-08-2015 02:58 PM

Thanks for the comments everybody. I definitely have a keeper!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 06-08-2015 03:05 PM

Nice work, some great looking wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 08:24 PM

Nice work. I too like boxes. I wonder about “3×5 inch box”. The picture shows it next to other objects that look bigger than 3×5. :)

-- MrLaughingbrook

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MrLaughingbrook

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 08:27 PM

Oh, I see better now. The safety glasses are a better comparative reference. Again great box.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 09:46 PM



Oh, I see better now. The safety glasses are a better comparative reference. Again great box.

- MrLaughingbrook

The mini miter box probably fooled you. I used it to cut the corner wraps. The mitered corners of the walnut were cut on my TS with a miter sled.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#13 posted 06-09-2015 12:30 AM

I have a pear tree that is now watching me very carefully. Or is that the wife? Needless to say, I like this box and the wood combination.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 06-09-2015 08:29 AM

The wood and that simple design looks great.

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