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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-23-2015 09:04 PM 1016 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

In the continuing saga of Christmas projects, I made this pair of boxes from more of my spalted elm and my ever dwindling supply of walnut. They are for two of my nieces which are sisters.

I decided to make the lids a little bit fancy and each one unique. Simple mitered corners (yeah, simple!) with wrap around walnut trim. Each box is about 3×5 x 2-1/2 inches. It’s not obvious, but the wood for each one is a different thickness. It hasn’t caused a problem, but think from now on I’ll mill my spalted stuff on the thicker side.

Brass escutcheon pins act as hinges and gravity keeps the boxes closed. I finished them with several thin coats of poly, just enough to add some smoothness.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 10-23-2015 09:08 PM

Nice work, great gifts.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 10-23-2015 09:21 PM

Very nice. Really like the choice of lumber.

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

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 10-23-2015 09:25 PM



Very nice. Really like the choice of lumber.

- doubleDD

Thanks. most of my projects are ‘use what I have’ choices.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 10-23-2015 10:42 PM

Dave, these are very attractive.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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themaddriver

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 10:43 PM

Down where I live, there not any good lumber places. Basically I have Woodcraft. The wood is absolutely awesome and makes every project just pop. I love boxes and those look awesome.

-- Hope is not a course of action!!!

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Dave Rutan

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 11:01 PM



Dave, these are very attractive.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles. I’ve got a lot of the spalted stuff left.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 10-23-2015 11:03 PM



Down where I live, there not any good lumber places. Basically I have Woodcraft. The wood is absolutely awesome and makes every project just pop. I love boxes and those look awesome.

- themaddriver

I don’t think have any nearby hardwood sellers either. I keep a look out for old dressers out for the trash. Newer ones are often veneer. Old ones tend to be solid wood, at least for the drawer fronts.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 11:52 PM

That is a great pair of boxes. I saw a lot of spalted hackberry that looks exactly like your spalted elm. I have not seen spalted elm before. They have very similar grain patterns. You did this special wood proud.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 10-24-2015 01:59 AM

very nice boxes, thanks for sharing

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 10-24-2015 02:29 AM

Handsome boxes Dave.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 02:43 AM

Good looking little boxes, Dave! I like the split top design one. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 10-24-2015 07:51 AM

I like this one with side opening, very interesting and unusual.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Rutan

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#13 posted 10-24-2015 10:54 AM

I saw a split top box somewhere on LJ and decided to try it. I’m pretty happy with both of these.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#14 posted 10-24-2015 04:26 PM

Thanks to everyone for putting this project in the Daily Top 3!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#15 posted 10-24-2015 04:33 PM

Nice looking boxes. Great execution.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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