Red Gum Box

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Project by Rob posted 2514 days ago 1283 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to share y work with others, particularly those who provide me with the raw materials. One of the guys in the timber yard I often frequent asked me how much to make a box for him. I said, tell me what timber and joinery and I can give you an idea. I overheard him saying to someone else that he would be getting a box made for his brother’s ashes. his yardman is only in his late twenties. I really coudn’t charge him for the making, so when he asked how much again, I said, no charge from me it forward to someone you know could use a hand.
The timber is River Red Gum, highly figured. Its about 12”x8”x8”. Finger joints are 1/2” off a Leigh D4R.
I’ve also put below two other boxes, ones highly figured South American Myrtle, the other is European Oak with a bookmatched top and Wenge splines. These are on display at a Timber Yard here in Melbourne. I have other pictures if you want them and I can give full details of how they were made also.




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#1 posted 2514 days ago

Wow – that is some fantastic looking boxes. I really like the River Red Gum and Myrtle. Excellent craftsmanship and I like the Pay it Forward concept.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2514 days ago

Like all the boxes, but am especially fond of the figured Red Gum (how about interior shots and hinge details) and the splined Oak box. The finger holes are really nice. Good show and good Karma Rob.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#3 posted 2514 days ago


Welcome from another “downUnderer” who loves makin boxes.

By the look of what you’ve shown us so far you’ve got a whole lot more to offer, I look forward to seeing more of your work published on this LJ’s Forum.

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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#4 posted 2514 days ago

Great work, and bless you for doing something wonderful for someone in need!

-- Robb

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#5 posted 2514 days ago

Nice set of boxes, really like the red gum like everyone, but that middle one glows. Very Christian thing you’re doing buddy. It always comes back to us 10 fold. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 2514 days ago

the box, the story, you. :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2514 days ago

Great job on the boxes, reallylike the red gum

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 2514 days ago

Outstanding stuff, Rob!

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

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#9 posted 2514 days ago

”I have other pictures if you want them and I can give full details of how they were made also.” - Rob

Great looking boxes!

And, yes, we would love for you to give us details as to how you made them. I have learned alot here on this forum by others who have been kind enough to do that. Thanks in advance!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 2514 days ago

That Red Gum is beautiful. Great work on your boxes. I’ll be looking for more and now I am getting worked up to make more of my version of plane boxes.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 2514 days ago

I too would love the details on how you made them. Great work!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 2514 days ago

very nice boxes, yes, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

the rewards for doing this will be much greater than money

-- My dad was an electrician, but my fathers a carpenter.

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#13 posted 2513 days ago

Beautiful wood choices and great craftsmanship add up to wonderful pieces Rob. Stunning work. Thanks for sharing them with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#14 posted 2513 days ago

Rob, Mate, great work – you already know I just love small wooden boxes, so it won’t be a surprise when I say these are terrific.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 2513 days ago

Hi everyone,
Thank you for the warm welcome and flattering comments. I have complied a work in progress for one of the boxes I have made and will post that maybe tomorrow. I will include all aspects of construction and finishing.

Thanks again,



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