Walnut Box

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Project by Mark Davisson posted 07-10-2009 02:15 AM 1883 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was created as a gift to a dear friend in Hawaii. This project brought me nothing but joy.

The black walnut was taken from our homestead when the original farmhouse was built by my wife’s ancestors in 1880 and was used as trim throughout the house. During a 1975 remodel, my father-in-law salvaged the trim and stored it in the hay loft where I discovered it a couple of years ago. Scars from the original spikes used in 1880 can still be seen.

The trim is spalted sugar maple taken from a property just a couple of miles away. The inlay on the lid as well as the tab are Hawaiian koa given to me as a gift during a recent visit to the islands.

Boiled linseed oil then wipe-on Minwax clear satin poly.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 03:12 AM

Very nice!

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

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#2 posted 07-10-2009 03:31 AM

Very nice box! great salvage? job! Nice color combo and design.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 04:03 AM

Beautiful box Mark. Very good build Sr.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 06:03 AM

Well built cool design

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#5 posted 07-10-2009 12:02 PM

Nicely done Mark. The history of the wood is very interesting and adds to the “value” of the box.

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

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#6 posted 07-10-2009 03:33 PM

Beautiful box. Nice contrasting woods. And great box joints.

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

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#7 posted 07-10-2009 08:58 PM

Very nice. And thanks for sharing the history.


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