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Card Box made from Thermally Modified Red Oak

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Project by whope posted 11-05-2015 12:47 PM 854 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a few card game collections that have grown a bit, so I’ve been wanting to make a box for at least some of them. Coming up with a way to keep them from sliding around in a partially filled aisle had been keeping me from actually building a box. After a recent dinner party, I put more thought into it and came up with 3 nesting boxes/trays. You can generate a fair number of different space combinations depending on how you put them together.

The card box itself is made from thermally modified red oak. Since it was a prototype box for my own use, I decided to give this type of wood a try. My local wood source had a pallet of small, milled pieces (1×4x20) that they were selling for a buck a piece.

Unfinished it has a nice milk chocolate color (inside the box). A clear coat of poly and it’s a dark chocolate. Even my girlfriend, who hates red oak, likes it. The wood is brittle and a bit harder to work with as it splinters very easily. Was very careful with the hinge screw holes. I’m not sure it’s suitable for a refined piece, it works for a more rough-cut style.

I used regular wood glue and it seems to hold fine. I bought 8 more boards to have around.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.





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#1 posted 11-05-2015 02:04 PM

Nice box

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 04:03 PM

Did you do the heat treating yourself or was it already that way?

It seems like a great way (at least) to get some nice colors!

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 04:07 PM

The wood came this way. If I remember correctly, they put it in an oven, remove the oxygen and bake it at a very high temprature. No residual sugar or moisture. Primarily for outdoor applications.

I get the impression that it’s sparsely available around the country.

It would make some really nice outdoor furniture.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#4 posted 11-06-2015 04:52 PM

What is “Thermally modified” red oak?

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#5 posted 11-06-2015 04:56 PM

This link is from where I bought my wood:

http://www.northlandforest.com/cambia-thermally-modified-lumber.html

There are other suppliers.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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