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Project by Bobsboxes posted 01-10-2016 04:04 PM 1161 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another great walnut top that let me build a box around it. The top is live edge walnut, maple bow ties, to hold a crack together. With a contoured walnut box, babinga splines, walnut devider and felt liner. This walnut I found in central Montana, stored in a chicken coop for at least 50 years. The elderly farmer had made a trip down south with grain or cows, and bought a load of walnut and hauled it back. It had been stored in a turkey barn for several years, prior to the farmer buying it. So this wood has quite the fowl history. We have very little hardwood in Montana, so this was a great find. Thanks

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 01-10-2016 08:03 PM

bob another winner I love how you blend the box and natural lids together making the box fit the lid a great organic look keep em comin.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 12:58 AM

Nice! You certainly did that walnut proud. And the “Patron” hinges are a nice touch.

Does that bowtie go all the way through the lid?

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

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 04:29 AM

Andy, thanks for the kind words. Sometimes I forget where I steal ideas. I cut a 1/8” bow tie on each side of the lid with my router inlay bit and a homemade bow tie jig. I have broke a few of those 1/8” inlay bits by trying to go to deep. So now I just do one on each side. I have done several this way with no problems.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-11-2016 02:40 PM

It’s very nice and creative and has a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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