Birdseye Maple Box with spalted top (and able guidance from a number of lumberjocks)

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Project by MassMatt posted 11-02-2016 11:32 AM 2270 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a medium box I made to hold some of the small accessories we use to maintain our pellet stove (scissors for opening bags of pellets, scraper for cleaning burn pot, clips to hang gloves off fireplace grate in the winter). Miter joints with walnut splines. Top is a piece of spalted firewood I resawed a few years ago (not sure if it’s ash vs maple – lots of both on the property). Was running into some trouble with my first hinge install and so turned to the Lumberjocks and received very helpful forum guidance from splintergroup, jerryminer, JADobson, Bermuda_Les, and sawdustdad. Gave me some great suggestions to re-visit some of the challenges I was running into and ended up with a final piece that I’m pleased with. More importantly – my wife doesn’t notice the 20 things that are still driving me crazy!

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#1 posted 11-02-2016 11:40 AM

Very nice work. I am ashamed to say my first box didn’t look anywhere near as good as this. I love the contrasting walnut splines. I always find it amazing how the little things we fret over, just can’t be seen by others. The curse of perfectionists! Keep up the good work.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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#2 posted 11-02-2016 02:26 PM

I don’t notice the 20 things that are driving you crazy, either! Beautiful box!

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#3 posted 11-02-2016 04:32 PM

Beautiful wood and a beautiful box.

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#4 posted 11-02-2016 09:00 PM

Well done , looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-02-2016 09:41 PM

Matt, nice work. Looks like you have mastered the techniques of box making. There will always be those things that will take time and drive you crazy as you make more boxes and want to develop new ideas. I like it that your box has a purpose and defined use. I think those are great reasons to build a box. Boxes should have a job to do. In the spirit of sharing, you may want to look here for hinge tips. or here for mortising ideas or here for finger lifts. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 11-03-2016 09:53 AM

Thanks guys – appreciate the positive feedback and guidance along the way!

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