Walnut and Spalted Maple Box

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 04-23-2016 08:45 PM 1646 views 7 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When fellow Lumberjock Mark Wilson sent me an email because he was worried about my lack of activity, I knew it was time to get back in the shop!

I’ve always loved this wood combination. I used rabbets instead of miters because I wanted to frame the maple ends with the dark end grain of the walnut. Finish is just buffing and waxing. Nothing fancy, but it was good to get my hand back in the game.

I have still been the occasional lurker around here, so I am at least keeping an eye on you guys and gals. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 08:47 PM

Looking Good Charlie, It’s great to see you get back at it!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 08:48 PM

Good box, Charlie. It’s about time.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 08:53 PM

Nice box Charlie.

I don’t post much anymore either, but it is always fun to lurk.

Glad you got some sawdust on your teeth again,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 09:01 PM

That is a great color combination. A great looking box.

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#5 posted 04-23-2016 09:03 PM

Great looking box, Charlie! I love those wood combinations too.

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

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#6 posted 04-23-2016 09:18 PM

Nice looking box. The added color combination is a nice touch.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#7 posted 04-23-2016 10:25 PM

Charlie that’s just beautiful, very tasteful choice of woods and really great craftsmanship. Congrats!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 04-23-2016 10:57 PM

Thanks, guys! I forgot to mention that the inlay is from a bunch of really old stuff I bought on eBay years ago. I blogged about it here.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 04-24-2016 01:41 AM

Beautiful box. Thanks for posting. I just “inherited’ some spalted curly maple and needed some inspiration for it’s use. Your box build technique is just the ticket. Thanks!


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#10 posted 04-24-2016 02:11 AM

Truly beautiful ..i love seeing your work…I have been the same way…checking out buddy posts but not too active…but I am getting lots of time in the shop…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 04-24-2016 02:48 AM

It’s great to hear from some of my old LJ buddies!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 04-24-2016 04:18 AM

Excellent combination of contrasting timbers.

-- Madburg WA

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#13 posted 04-24-2016 05:23 AM

Great box! I love the choice of wood. Nothing beats spalted maple contrasted with a brown or red wood.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#14 posted 04-24-2016 06:23 AM

Looks great Charlie.


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#15 posted 04-24-2016 07:58 AM

I recently descovered beauty if spalted wood. This box looks so nice with this combination of woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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