Organ Box

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Project by OutPutter posted 01-14-2010 03:01 AM 1661 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my wife and I’s favorite box. I found the sides in a pile of old warehouse furniture and fixtures that came from an old tennant moving out and a new one moving in. There were pieces to an old organ in that pile and I scarfed them up. I believe the wood is old mahogany. The chatoyance in real life is more striking than the pictures. I made the sides and added pure tung oil nearly two years ago and let it sit on the bench. Then I added some wipe on poly and it got even better. I let it sit again because I could decide what to use for the top and bottom that wouldn’t distract from the mahogany. A couple of weeks ago I was sorting all my cutoffs into boxes and found the drawer sides you see now as the top and bottom. The drawers were salvaged from a pile of hurricane Ike damaged furniture. The furniture was upscale before the water damage lifted all the veneer but it didn’t damage the drawers. I also tried a different way to attach the hinges opting for outside the box instead of mortised. I like it in this case because I think it would have detracted to have the hinges mortised into the side.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 01-14-2010 07:24 AM

Beautifull wood. Nice build. Fantastic save and reuse of scrap.

Keep it up.


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#2 posted 01-14-2010 08:32 AM

good job

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#3 posted 01-14-2010 05:45 PM

A very nice box from scraps. The base is only glued or fixed with screws or nails ? Why is it called an organ box ?

-- “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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#4 posted 01-14-2010 05:54 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. sharad, the sides are salvaged from an old organ. The bottom is slot screwed to the sides.

-- Jim

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