Lori Tate

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Project by SenecaWoodArt posted 04-05-2016 04:58 PM 1516 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently scored some highly figured Magnolia from A friend of mine who has his own sawmill. This came from a piece that he just had hanging on the wall of his shop and he had used as a sample piece to add some varnish to see how it would come out. He considered it scrap and passed it on to me. I ran it through the planer to remove the varnish and here is the result.

This box is approximately 12”W x 8”D x 6 1/4”H. Wood is Cherry with Magnolia inset and splines. Interior is Cherry and Maple. Finish is BLO and beeswax mixed with more BLO. I started off with a different design in mind, but the box changed my plans and this is the result. NOOOOO, I refuse to call them errors or mistakes, the box just wanted to be something different that I had in mind.

The back story is that this magnolia came from a tree downed in hurricane Rita, which hit this area pretty hard several years back. I named the box “Lori Tate” in reference to an individual I met in Natchitoches Louisiana who has something to do with Magnolias. Lori did my wife and me a huge favor on our chance meeting, which I have never had the opportunity to repay. Another story for another day. The mystery here is, who is Lori Tate? I will bet that a lot of you have seen her before.

Thanks for taking the time to look. Comments are always welcome.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 04-05-2016 10:33 PM

VERY nice box…and I think whatever the box showed you about a design change was good! Love that you adapted along the way (as it seems as if this is the case with all my projects!). Thanks for the background story.

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#2 posted 04-05-2016 11:37 PM

Great backstory, and very nice looking box! I love that magnolia wood lid!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 01:35 AM

It is what it is and wanted to be !
The box turned out nice no question about it and the Magnolia lid is a real eye catcher .
No ,no mistakes just “design opportunities’ ” is what I call them .

Would it be this Lori


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 02:04 AM

BB1 – Thanks for the view and nice comment.

Dean – I always appreciate your view and comment.

Klaus – Yes, that is the lady in question. She is definitely a character and one very fine person. She went out of her way to assist two complete strangers and helped us salvage an otherwise ruined holiday. One of the true “Steel Magnolias”.
This box certainly knew what it wanted to be. Thanks for the view and compliment.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 03:41 AM

Turned out looking fantastic. Very nice job.

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

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#6 posted 04-06-2016 04:16 AM

Thanks Drew.

-- Bob

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 09:18 AM

Bob, what’s not to like about this box? This is nice work. The cherry is an effective contrast with the magnolia. I like the corner splines, the lift, the shape, and the sliding tray. That is a wild divider you have added to the bottom section. Nice idea. The curved edges show the magnolia wood to good advantage. It is a pretty large box at 16 inches long. Looks like you have got box making down pat. Hope you are having as much fun making them as i do. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 04-06-2016 12:29 PM

Al – You are correct, 16 inches is a bit large for this box. So, once again I have modified it to something else and shortened it to 12 inches. I keep telling you this box has a mind of its own. :)Thanks for the nice compliment.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 04-06-2016 07:37 PM

Nice choice to put the cherry with it. I’ve done the same thing with spalted hickory. I think your magnolia is spalted rather than figured. I’ve also found spalted sycamore, in addition to the more commonly found spalted maple. I like your splines in contrast to the cherry and the finger notch in the lid. Well done.

-- Dale

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#10 posted 04-06-2016 10:17 PM

Dale – You may be right regarding spalted vs figured, but I decided to just take the safe route and call it figured. It doesn’t show very well in the pictures, but it is also has a lot of worm holes. I managed to secure around 10 feet and this was the least attractive piece. More design to be done. I am full of ideas and will probably run out of magnolia before I can implement them all. Thanks for the view and the comments.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 06-06-2016 09:56 PM

Very Nice Bob

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