Box Elder Key Organizer

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Project by doubleDD posted 09-02-2015 12:51 AM 1578 views 0 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was cutting up some flame box elder blanks getting them ready for bowls and some of these cut offs reminded me of watermelon. I thought I would have some fun with these and keep a few. Then I noticed they were nicely book-matched and decided to make a small plaque to hold some keys for out at our trailer.
The bark fell off but I left the edge natural after joining them together. The bottom hook is a little larger than the rest to hold my cap so I don’t get spoken to any more about leaving it lay around all the time when I’m inside. ha
They were only 1/4’’ thick so I glued on a backer board for support. 11’’ tall and 5 1/2’’ wide, finished with lacquer.
My wife loves it and I will install it this weekend. I still have to make a small coat rack to match.

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

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#1 posted 09-02-2015 01:24 AM

Wow, Dave. The pieces look edible. Very pretty.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-02-2015 01:41 AM

Great looking wood! That pattern in the middle reminds me of a Rorschach inkblot test card.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 09-02-2015 01:56 AM

WOW. No wonder your Wife loves it, that is beautiful.
What a magic piece of wood.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 09-02-2015 02:15 AM

Looks real nice, you matched them up perfectly and the finish makes it even better. I can see the watermelon pieces in pic 2. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#5 posted 09-02-2015 02:39 AM


Not wasting anything. Great save!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-02-2015 02:42 AM

I see Jesus! It’s a miracle!

Nice work Dave!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#7 posted 09-02-2015 02:52 AM

Watermelon lookalike yes, edible no.
Good one Dave.

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

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#8 posted 09-02-2015 02:58 AM

Very nice. Great piece of wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-02-2015 03:16 AM

The finish and the colors of the box elder look so good together it’s almost like wood porn!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#10 posted 09-02-2015 03:52 AM

That is some nice wood Dave and what you did with it is a beautiful yet practical item .
Enjoy and you got a place to hang your cap which is not shown . LOL


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 09-02-2015 03:55 AM

Hi Mark, thanks. I tried it, still taste likes wood.

Thanks Tony. If you look up side down you can see 3 different aliens.

Thanks Bob W. I’m have a lot of this wood and still trying to dry it out.

Bob C. thanks. I’m going to make something out of those watermelon pieces too.

Thomas, this wood is too cool to waste.

Jerry, now you sound like my wife. She saw a whole bunch of figures in it. ha ha

Grumpman, thanks. It taste like you’re eating just the seeds.

Thanks Monte.I love this wood.

bigblockyeti, thanks. When you first see all the different shades of red after cutting you get pretty excited.

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

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#12 posted 09-02-2015 04:00 AM

Thanks Klaus. I will get you a picture of the hat on it but the keys are out at the lake.

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

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#13 posted 09-02-2015 05:00 AM

That’s just plum pretty Dave….nice.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#14 posted 09-02-2015 05:29 AM

Just put it in the frig. to get nice & cold… then, PIG OUT! :)

Very nice Key Holder…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 09-02-2015 07:05 AM

Indeed perfect match. Very good idea to use scraps.Looks great, colour is great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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