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Project by mgb_2x posted 01-06-2010 05:04 AM 4583 views 15 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Really enjoyed working with the Flame Birch I had used on the small chest, had to make something else. Made this box using butt joints reinforced with walnut pegs. To utilize all of the nice figuring I found on one stretch of the board I needed to make the lid a bit long at 15 inches. Finished with several coats of Watco Danish oil and then buffed it out with a few applications of Mylands wax. Might make a nice place to store a 5 year supply of chopsticks.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 01-06-2010 05:11 AM

Beautiful wood! Nice shape and plugs.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 01-06-2010 05:12 AM

beautiful box, sweet design … I like it

welcome to lumberjocks

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#3 posted 01-06-2010 05:30 AM

i really like your box project…, that is just beautiful flame….....i really love birch..i think its way under rated..wish i lived in the north and had access to it…instead of having to pay for it…....well good job

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-06-2010 05:59 AM

Great job. Beautiful result! Where did you find the flame birch?

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#5 posted 01-06-2010 06:06 AM

Hey Gerry, thanks for the compliment. I live in central Illinois and my local hardwood store occasionaly gets some nicely figured wood in with the regular stuff. Usually the staff get first dibs, but they don’t get it all. They all know I am a sucker for the exotic stuff. I am in there a few times a week and check out whats new.

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#6 posted 01-06-2010 06:19 AM

Some beautiful Flame Birch. I’ve got some flame beech planks that I need to make something with. Glen Huey told me he’d never seen flame beech before so I showed him some planks a couple of months ago.

He said they are beech. He was surprised.

The box is great looking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-06-2010 06:43 AM

Fantastic box. Nice use of walnut plugs to give just a hint of complimentary wods. That flame birch is outstanding. I fully understand why you wanted to use every inch of it.

Keep up the great work.


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

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 07:02 AM

Just beautiful, that flame is just fantastic and a very elegant design with smooth lines. The walnut gives just the right amount of contrast / detail.

Can’t wait to see your next one!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 07:36 AM

Welcome to LJ. This is great looking. I love the birch…a great combination of grain/color.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 01-06-2010 07:45 AM

Great wood super box

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-06-2010 07:49 AM

Beautiful wood, very nice looking shape/design box – excellent job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 01-06-2010 08:10 AM

Look awesome, great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#13 posted 01-06-2010 08:18 AM

Fantastically beautiful box!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 01-06-2010 03:41 PM

Very nice. When I can I like to make stuff that has no hardware – just wood. It looks like you have done that with this great looking box.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 01-06-2010 04:01 PM

Thats a real beauty.You found a great way to show off that birch. Well Done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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