Ambrosia maple fly boxes

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Project by professorwood posted 08-30-2015 10:06 PM 1846 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these three fly boxes from ambrosia maple. Each box has book matched sides to highlight the spalting of the grain. They are 3 1/2×5 X 1 1/2, with 8 mm barrel hinges, and 10 coats of a hand rubbed oil mixture finish that I use.

-- tsurra

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 11:25 PM

Those are really nice, might have to try and copy this design!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 11:46 PM

Very nice design and interesting wood. The barrel hinge is a great idea and looks like you have magnetic hinges.

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#3 posted 08-31-2015 12:34 AM

These boxes are very nice. The book matching is very attractive. The magnets were a great idea.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#4 posted 08-31-2015 03:26 AM

Very nice—really like the barrel hinges and magnetic catches! Great accoutrement for the fly fisher hobbyist.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 08-31-2015 08:20 AM

Really nice boxes. Did you make the foam inserts or is it “machine made”?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 08-31-2015 09:19 AM

Absolutely beautiful and each one is extremely unique in appearance.

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#7 posted 08-31-2015 10:32 AM

great idea! sure are pretty. I too would like to know about the material inside to hold the flies..

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#8 posted 08-31-2015 11:15 AM

The foam insert is 6mm EVA foam, I cut the slots on the table saw using my two dado blades. I have a piece of 3/4 mdf with a piece of 80 grit sandpaper attached that I use as a push block that is guided by the fence. I do a whole sheet and then cut it to fit the box.

-- tsurra

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Javed Akhtar

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#9 posted 08-31-2015 06:53 PM

Love these. I made a fly box last year for a fly fisherman friend on his birthday. He loved it and I’ve been wanted to make some more for a few other people I fish with.

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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#10 posted 08-31-2015 09:11 PM

Very spiffy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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