Little Sweet Gum Lift-Top Box

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-25-2009 10:15 AM 2519 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maxx gave me a piece of Sweet Gum wood. It was about 2” square and about 10” long. It was really colorful wood, even when dry. I mulled it over for a while and decided to do a little lift top box.

I cut the stick in half and glued them back together on their side grain. Unlike most of the other boxes I do, I didn’t cut the back off and then proceed with the drawer. This box is formed by lopping off the sides, cutting the lid from what’s left of the core, and then cutting the bottom from the bottom of the core. Set the core aside and put it all back together again. You have to do a little material removal to get the lid to lift and drop cleanly and that can be a little frustrating at times.

I applied a coat of natural stain and then moved forward with the thinned poly and 0000 steel wool. As you can see from the inside, the finish really brought out the contrast of the reds and browns with the white and cream colors. A little brass knob on the top of the lid grants access.

The box is really small, about 4” wide, 4” deep, and not quite 2” tall.

This was an afternoon project in between some of my bigger projects and was also an experiment to see how the sweet gum would turn out. I like the Sweet Gum and have been looking for more but it’s kinda hard to find. I didn’t see the layer of dust on the lid until after I got done loading up the pictures. An occupational hazard I know you are all familiar with.

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

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 10:45 AM

Nice litle box.

Basicly done like a band saw box? That sound right. Cool design.

Realy love the colors in that sweet gum. Nice wood.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 05-25-2009 10:54 AM

What a pretty little box! Great Job! Mike C.

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

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#3 posted 05-25-2009 11:19 AM

what a wonderfull little box .
nice twist to the bandsaw box .
good work !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-25-2009 12:48 PM

Love the color, nice box.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 05-25-2009 12:53 PM

Nice work…beautiful wood

-- Vince

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#6 posted 05-25-2009 12:54 PM

Nice work

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#7 posted 05-25-2009 03:08 PM

Pretty little piece of wood, and you made the most of it!

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

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#8 posted 05-25-2009 03:25 PM

Good looking box, love the wood, especially the sides, wow!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 05-25-2009 04:13 PM

I really like the way the grain is shown in this box. Great job!!

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

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#10 posted 05-25-2009 05:24 PM

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! And to think that my sawmill has Sweet Gum and I’ve never taken time to look at any, things will be different on my next visit. ;-)

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

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#11 posted 05-25-2009 06:37 PM

The figure is great and nice design and build, cool

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 05-25-2009 07:31 PM

Beautiful box! There are plenty of sweetgum trees in my dad’s in SC. I will have to get him to save for me any big branches that fall.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#13 posted 06-04-2009 08:54 AM

Fantastic wood and box!!

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

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