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Project by Don posted 2808 days ago 3832 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s one more box made from a recycled River Red-gum fence post. In Australia, this wood is still used for that purpose because of the wood’s resistant to rot and insect infestation. Whenever I see old fences being torn down, I ask for the fence posts. They are usually free for the taking. However, it is necessary to allow the wood to dry out for at least six months before milling.

This one is designed with simplicity in mind. It features hand-made wooden hinges, and Tasmanian Oak trim. Because the original fence post was only 90mm in width and I needed a piece 140mm wide to make the top, I edge-glued the top from two pieces. On one side the match is fairly good on the underside it is less so.

I love to feature wood with natural ‘flaws’. It’s a matter of letting the wood do the talking. However, if the flaw threatens the integrity of the piece, I tend to use an epoxy mix to fill and strengthen the wood. You can see this on the underside of the lid.

The joinery in this small box, one of my design, is half-blind dovetail. The top trim piece is mitered to cover the ‘butt-joint’ effect of the joint. I now use 4mm birch ply for the bases of all my boxes. I find it easy to match the color of the bottom panel to the primary wood using a water-based tint.

CCA

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 2807 days ago

Your work is beautiful! I’m envious of all your native wood.

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stoffer

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#2 posted 2764 days ago

Nice box and I like the idea of reclaimed wood with more “soul” than the stuff from the lumber yard. The wooden hinges are interesting. Ever thought about making them intergal to the lid and back as opposed to separate pieces glued in?

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Don

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#3 posted 2764 days ago

Stoffer, I’m not sure how you would do that. If you do, please explain.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2695 days ago

This is a really wonderful box Don. I love the wood.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jeff

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#5 posted 2692 days ago

Very nice Don. I’m a fan of the wooden hinge. I have not tried those yet. Nice contrast with the Tasmanian Oak.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Obi

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#6 posted 2692 days ago

I’m really gonna have to buy one of them Hinge Jig thingies…

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bkhop

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#7 posted 2691 days ago

I’ve been wondering about one of the hinge-making jigs, too. What I’ve really been curious about, though, is does one really need to have the jig? Could it be done with a little bit of ingenuity without the jig?

-- † Hops †

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Chip

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#8 posted 2691 days ago

Obi & Hops – made mine without the jig (see my projects). Look the system over and then you can piece together everything for much less money.

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

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Bill

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#9 posted 2691 days ago

Such a great looking box Don. I like the nice woodgrain, the color, and those wonderful hinges.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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oscorner

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#10 posted 2677 days ago

Beautiful and rot and insect resistant too!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2677 days ago

Thanks Don,
Someday I’m going to try some box making. It’s a good way to use up some small wood pieces.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bradford

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#12 posted 1876 days ago

Don, I finally made it to the end of the projects posted and here you are again. Thank you for filling this site with your awesome boxes. I’ve learn so much about wood working here at LJ’s. Your boxes are museum quality work.
I always look forward to your next piece. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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mafe

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#13 posted 1490 days ago

So beautiful, yes less is more.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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