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Here is my latest project—nothing special, just made a lid for an old aluminum tote I picked up at an auction for $11. It had a ratty plywood top which I wanted to keep, but was just too far gone and pretty plain, but the underside was cool so instead I turned it upside down and jammed it into the inside bottom as a unique liner.
The top was planed down to 1/2” and includes some live edge and a few worm holes, but the coolest natural aspect to it is in pic #4: this particular tree had a handful of lead muzzleloader balls inside and that’s a pit from one. Most of the lead got sucked up when sawed/planed, but we have some cherry with the lead still embedded and I’m going to try to save it for a unique piece.
Anyway, the top was too wide to fit through our planer so I opted to glue it up into two pieces and glue them together, but the wood was too thin and kept wanting to pop up when clamped so I had to figure something else out. I’ve been trying to use copper in my woodworking and have used decorative stitching on a few pieces, but never for structural purposes. Double wire stitched top and bottom and with the hinges in place the top is very sturdy and moves smoothly as one piece.
Overall I like it. Let me know what you think.