Tamarack Box

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Project by Hutch posted 05-01-2009 05:55 PM 2285 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box. It is made from reclaimed Western Larch or Tamarack.
Wow is this stuff hard. I couldn’t believe how hard and brittle it is.
I rough sanded the boards before cutting the dovetails, then sanded a bit more with 120 grit. Then I just soaked it with BLO until it wouldn’t take any more. 3 coats of poly sanding in between and this is the finished product. It’s about 5”X5”X15”.

-- We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give - Winston Churchill

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 11:04 PM

Hey Hutch
I wish my 1st box was this good. Sounds like some very tough wood. good job

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-02-2009 03:00 AM

Great looking box with a lot of character. Thanks for posting it!

-- Chris

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 03:07 AM

your right about that wood.. i turned a small bowl with some and took longer to sand to 600 grit then it did to resharpen my tools..

way better then good looking for a 1st box.. hand cut dovetails?

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#4 posted 05-03-2009 05:11 PM

Thanks. Yes, John they are hand cut dovetails. I decided not to plug any gaps in the dovetails since the box still has a rough sawn appearance, I thought the slightly gappy dovetails looked appropriate.

-- We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give - Winston Churchill

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