Small box from scraps

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Project by Dan Bachelor posted 01-23-2010 01:26 AM 1650 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second project, and first box which featured wrap-around grain. I was inspired by a 5/4 hunk of old wood that fell on me out of the rafters in my parents house, which I think my grandfather had probably stashed up there thinking it might have a good use someday (Thanks grandpa!). I had to chisel some crud off of it and pull some nails (!), but it cleaned up superbly and I wish I knew what kind of wood it is! Teak? Walnut? Heck, I don’t know! (any ideas?) I re-sawed it and cut the pieces on the table saw, and learned that a thin kerf is important for matching slanted grain across pieces.

The lid is a collage of scraps leftover from the first jewelry box; these pics were taken pre-hinges and lining. (I always think I’ll go back and take better, more careful pics later and then never get around to it after the initial excitement wears off!)

-- Dan B

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 01:30 AM

A fine lookin box. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 01-23-2010 01:35 AM

Thank you sir! (almost up to 5 posts! heheh)

-- Dan B

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 01:41 AM

that is a mighty fine looking box….and I would have to say that the wood looks to be walnut…nicely done.

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 01:54 AM

nice box, is that the same finnish as the other one?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 02:19 AM

Very beautiful box. And much more meaningful that you can link it to your granddad.

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#6 posted 01-23-2010 02:35 AM

I really like your box Dan, BUT May I suggest for future projects, use a neutral backdrop for your pictures. The first one is hard to see the box because of all the things around it.

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#7 posted 01-23-2010 02:44 AM

Point well taken—I will work on the photography skills! I always intend to go back and take better pictures, but quickly lose my zeal. Thanks!

-- Dan B

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#8 posted 01-23-2010 03:41 AM

Nice work on using up those scraps. Isn’t amazing what a difference wrapping the grain makes in a small piece like this. Really great job. I’m guilty of this same thing when photographing my pieces too. I often take pics while still in the shop and I need to get more of the pieces in their final home.

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#9 posted 01-23-2010 07:02 AM

I love the use of scrap wood, but more than that, the way you orientated it….makes a beautiful box that is now a memory of your heritage.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 07:56 AM

Great box well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 01-23-2010 08:43 AM

Fantastic box and story. Granpa passed down the wood. haha Great use of scraps. Like the way you arranged them for the final look.

Keep it up.


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

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#12 posted 01-23-2010 10:29 PM

That’s a great box Dan. I couldn’t tell you what would it is, but it looks great. Nice work with the lid as well.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 01-25-2010 04:14 PM

Great lookin box. I wish my scrap pile had wood like that in it. LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#14 posted 01-31-2010 08:56 AM

A fantastic looking box. Your Grandpa had a great eye for wood candy.

A perfect board for wrapping around empty spaces.

-- 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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#15 posted 01-26-2014 05:14 PM

Great box. Wonderful story

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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