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Sliding Lid Box from Spalted Elm and Walnut

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-28-2015 05:37 PM 1044 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla ankaĆ­ en Esperanto]

Christmas is coming and this is yet another gift. this one is destined for my sister. I decided to try yet another kind of lid so this one has a sliding lid instead of the hinged one’s I’ve been making. If there’s a wrong way to make a sliding lid box, I think I found it. I’m not saying it was hard, or that it doesn’t work, but it’s a very fiddly business! The lid is tapered on the edges to fit in a kerf in the walnut edging. I added a pair of rare-earth magnets to hold the lid shut plus a brass stud to mark which end to pull to open the lid.

My mitered corners look a bit better this time around. Let’s just say my boxes have ‘rustic charm’ shall we?

Wood used is Spalted elm and walnut. I finished it with several wipe on/off coats of polyurethane. The box is about 5×3x2 inches.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 05:41 PM

Nice box, really like the spalted wood, and the contrasting woods.

-- "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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Dave Rutan

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 05:43 PM

I think I’ll have a hard time going back to plain wood when this supply runs out. The stuff I find along the road is usually poplar.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 07:56 PM

Dave, that’s a fine looking box. Congratulations.

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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greg48

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#4 posted 10-28-2015 07:58 PM

Was the lid “fiddly” in the making or in the operation? If in the operation you may wish to lubricate the tongues with paraffin or beeswax.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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Dave Rutan

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#5 posted 10-28-2015 10:18 PM



Was the lid “fiddly” in the making or in the operation? If in the operation you may wish to lubricate the tongues with paraffin or beeswax.

- greg48

The lid slides fine. The fiddly bit was lining up the groove in which it slides when I glued on the walnut pieces. I had to undercut the one groove a bit to allow the one end to nest in it well.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 10-28-2015 11:48 PM

Another nice use of your cool spalted wood.

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

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 10-29-2015 04:06 AM

Great box with great use of some beautiful spalted lumber. Nice feature with the walnut. I’ve been into these sliding lids lately myself.

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

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 05:09 AM

I realy like your last few projects with spalted elm. Wood looks incredible and you make some very nice various boxes!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 10-29-2015 07:16 AM

Another useful and beautiful item from your spalted wood stash, Dave. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Roger

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#10 posted 10-29-2015 10:56 AM

I like it. Gr8 way to show off that spalted wood grain. Nice wood combo as well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Shuja

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#11 posted 10-29-2015 02:40 PM

Mitres ARE difficult to get.
But the box is too beautiful to need any apologies.

-- shuja

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 03:09 PM

Thanks for all the great and kind comments! I can’t wait to see the reaction from the recipients. I have one more to go. Not sure what I’m going to do with it to make it unique.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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