Old barn siding jewelry box

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Project by James posted 06-15-2009 08:26 PM 3903 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the look of this old barn siding. It has lots of spalting and color variation. I used aspen for the contrasting wood. 2 coats of wipe-on poly for the finish.

The lid is held shut by magnets recessed into the pulls. Flocking is felt lining.

It’s not a perfect box by any means, no where near the quality of most on this site, but I like things that look like they were made by hand. I feel it adds to the character of the piece and gives the end user the feeling that they have a one of a kind box.

All comments welcome.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 08:56 PM

Beautiful wood, great design, fine construction!

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

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 08:58 PM

Great job. Did you get a lot of that wood? Do you know what kind of wood it is?

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 09:07 PM

That’s very smart sweet design and fine workmanship I like this [piece very much Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 09:10 PM

Great looking box and an excellent use of reclaimed wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 09:11 PM

Great box. I like the rounded insert as compared to the square corners of the box. Good job!!

-- Derrek L.

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 09:30 PM

Hey Hackman. What’s a perfect box? Sure looks good to me. I couldn’t see anything wrong, particularly in the next to the last photo. :-)

I’m gonna get around to making boxes other than bandsaw one of these days and I hope mine turn out just half as good. ‘Course I don’t have any barn wood to play around with. Hope you have a whole pile of that stuff for future projects.

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

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 09:36 PM

The wood does look good and the box looks great! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 06-16-2009 12:09 AM

thanks for the comments!

I cant id this wood positively, the fine grains are sometimes straight like oak, and sometimes “bubbly” like sycamore. its pretty hard and my planer blades don’t like it very much. i chiseled the recesses for the magnets and pulls by hand and it took quite a bit of effort to get down to the required depth.

I do have a fair amount of this left, but it’s pretty warped as they were laying on the ground when i got them. they are mostly 1” to 1-1/8 thick, 6” wide, 8-10ft long. I’m probably going to have to stick to smaller projects with it. Not having a jointer means squaring it up by hand which is not fun!

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#9 posted 06-16-2009 12:59 AM

Very nicely done

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#10 posted 06-16-2009 02:07 AM

Beautiful wood and very nice box


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

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#11 posted 06-16-2009 05:32 AM

Beautifull box. Love the wood and the inset in the lid.

Great design and execution.

Great use of reclaimed wood.

Keep it up.


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

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