Beetle Pine Pod Box

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-24-2009 03:47 AM 1626 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish I had bought a ton of this wood when I was in Kansas City! I was visiting a friend and stopped by Schutte Lumber and saw this great “D-grade pine.” The beetle stain was fantastic! I bought a long piece of 8/4 and brough it back to Colorado. This project is the last of that batch. Ironically, a large chunk of the pine in Colorado is dying because of this beetle and not many people think the wood is good for display projects. I say Nay Nay!

While this box is pretty light weight and will not stand up to the abuse a maple, walnut or purpleheart box would, how many jewelry boxes get tossed around? I enlarged an old plan and made this design 11” tall, 5” wide, 4” deep.

Instead of trying to minimize the kerf between the drawers, I sanded them out a little and they almost look like stems. The gap where the top box loops over the center one was a little difficult but with a little innovation I was able to get the surface sanded down. The pulls were shaped from cutoffs of the same pine.

The finish was a problem from the beginning. I should have put a coat of sanding sealer on first but it didn’t occur to me until too late. This piece sucked up the thinned poyurethane like dry sand. Now that it is fully dry I may go back and try to put one final coat on to make the end-grain shine a little better.

The colors of the pine amazed me as they always do and I really enjoyed making this piece.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 05:25 AM


Nice work, I prefer this style of access handle rather than those you used with your other works.

I can see a number of variations of this design which would be fun to do!

Tony Ward

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 05:37 AM

I’ve met this piece in person and the pictures just don’t do it justice. The colors and the beetle stain are really stunning. I hadn’t realized it was pine until I picked it up. I just love the design and how the wood turned out.
Oh yeah, Durnik…and you did a good job, too! ;-)

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 04:15 PM

Looks really cool to me. Love the patterns and variations. Looks like some interesting wood. Great project you made out of it. Looks great!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 05:23 AM

That is one heck of a box!! Makes me even wish you had more of that lumber:-))

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

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 05:50 AM

Excellent piece Charles.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 06:17 AM

another first class project well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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