|Project by Tooch||posted 04-03-2016 03:00 PM||1394 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
A few years ago we had our large maple tree pruned back very hard. The company the came left is the logs, which I was going to split for firewood. Well one thing lead to another and the logs sat there for at least 2 seasons. By the time I got around to splitting it, I noticed the inside had spalted and was totally excited to use it for a project.
I cut the logs down on my Laguna 1412 bandsaw and let them dry for about 7 months before doing anything else. At that time, I realized I may have waited a little too long because a lot of the wood was rotted out. I was able to glue up a couple pieces and get enough to make the front and back. For the top, I needed to add 2 strips of walnut to make it wide enough to fit the opening.
Because I used box joint construction, I wanted to use wooden hinges that I have seen on many of Randys boxes (LJ Blackie) by using the same jig. I used a shish kabobs skewer to act as the pin, and they open and lock at about 95 degrees (pic 5). I added a removable tray made of walnut (rabbet and dado construction) for the inside, and this the first box that I plan to keep for myself.
I finished it with a several coats of Tung Oil to help strengthen the wood, and a couple coats of spray Lacquer on top. Surprisingly, you can still smell the tung oil even after I sprayed it with Lacquer.
Thanks for looking! As always questions, comments, concerns, and complaints welcome.
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