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Rustic Hickory Ring Boxes

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Project by FrankLad posted 11-23-2009 06:08 PM 7307 views 24 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some pictures of the small, rustic hickory ring boxes I’ve started making.

These were made from hickory that had been sitting up for a few years now, so the pieces are quite dry. I like using hickory for these because it holds the bark extremely well.

The lid swivels to open and can also be completely removed. Magnets hold the parts together and in alignment.

The edges were gently eased with sandpaper. The cut faces were rubbed with a walnut oil.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com





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RobS

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 06:16 PM

Simple, useful and unique. I like ‘em.. You could even burn and or stick a label on the top or bottom of the box, with your logo, name etc.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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mesquite

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 06:45 PM

cool box

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 06:47 PM

super idea well done

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 10:50 PM

Fantastic use of a small piece with bark attached.

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 02:17 AM

I think this is really a smart way to make a small boxes for rings. I made some really similar to this one before, ( just didn’t have chance to post them) but I think yours are much easier and neat. The swiveling lid and using magnets, I have never thought of, great job!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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FrankLad

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 03:07 AM

RobS: Thanks! I actually do brand the bottom, and write the box number:
http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_430xN.100897728.jpg

Thanks, mesquite and a1jim!

degoose: Thanks! Hickory is one of the few woods I’ve worked with that keeps the bark so well.

Junji: Thank you! I would like to see your boxes if you get a chance to post them.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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scrappy

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 09:08 AM

Fantastic ring box. I like the swivel lid design. and the use of a magnet to keep it alained is a great idea.

I do have one suggestion, When you drill your hole for the pivot pin, do it from the bottom and do NOT go all the way through. That way the top would be cleaner.(no dot from the pivot) Just my opinion.

Great job. Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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FrankLad

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 09:25 PM

Scrappy: I LIKE your idea! It’s one of those “Now why in the world did I not think of that?” kind of deals. Ha ha! Thank you!

I had a few “epiphany” moments during the process, like drilling the peg hole before cutting the wood (to ensure proper alignment) but it never occurred to me that the peg could stick up from the base, with the lid having the peg hole, and NO peg showing in the top. Thanks again!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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scrappy

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 07:49 AM

No problem. That is why we post. Share our ideas and get ideas from others. We are all here to help each other out.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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FrankLad

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#10 posted 11-29-2009 01:32 AM

Scrappy: I took your advice. :)

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=35497339

That one was done out of an oak limb. I’m planning to do the new drilling-from-the-bottom approach on some hickory boxes next.

Thanks again!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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#11 posted 12-28-2009 06:57 PM

Very nice rustic ring boxes. Does the bark of hickory hold for quite some time say a few years? The swiveling lid and use of magnet is a unique design. Scrappy’s suggestion is worth noting.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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FrankLad

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#12 posted 12-28-2009 07:03 PM

Hi, Sharad!

Hickory holds its bark very very well. In fact, I’ve got some hickory pieces that have been drying in my shed for a couple years, with no sign of the bark pulling away. I’ve seen hickory-with-bark stair railings and things of that nature as well. I think it’s one of the better woods in terms of holding bark.

:)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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clieb91

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#13 posted 01-11-2010 10:01 PM

Frank, Just saw the rings and led me back to these. Very cool boxes. I really do like the bark on design, may have to find myself some hickory. I have done a few small trinket boxes with the swivel concept, need to add the magent though. Thanks for posting and sharing your ideas.

I just looked at the box on Etsy, just curious how long do you let that type of thing dry before you process it?

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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FrankLad

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#14 posted 05-28-2010 08:40 PM

Hi, Chris!

Sorry for the delay in response! This one slipped by me! :)

Those had been sitting up for a couple years or so before I used them, so they were quite dry. I didn’t really have any plans so it was a case of they were ready by the time I got to them.

I’m not sure at what point is long enough, though. I’d imagine they could be cut into shorter “chunks” which would help drying exponentially. I’d just leave enough excess on the ends to account for checking, which could be cut off later.

Hope that all makes sense. :)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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