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Project by Nick424 posted 12-04-2016 01:40 PM 1641 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to cut down a small Dogwood tree from the yard a couple years ago. It had been hurt by mowing to close to the trunk, and over zealous weed eating for years (not my doing) had damaged the base to the point where it was dying. When I cut the tree off it was about 4 inches, but the base was about 7 inches. I saved that base piece hoping to get some nicely figured wood from the damaged area.

This is what I got. The usable wood was so small that a few pieces was the extent of the salvage. I thought that I would try an inlay and see how that went. One “oops” where the router jumped outside the scribe line and I had to round it out and fill it back in. It was a test piece so not the end of the world.

So the box is Walnut, the inlays and the splines are Dogwood. I learned a lot on this trial and think that I will have to try it again in the future, it was an interesting challenge.

Questions or comments welcome,

Nick





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#1 posted 12-04-2016 02:03 PM

I really like to look at this! I think of the patterns in the wood as fingerprints, none being exactly the same. Very nice.

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 02:49 PM

I’ve carved canes out of dogwood saplings using the root as handle and one thing I learned about dogwood is it is the most dense and hard woods that I’ve ever worked with. Very nice looking box. I like the splines and the soft rounded corners.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 02:57 PM

I agree about the splines and rounded corners. I’ve always said you can’t ever go wrong with walnut. A very nice looking box all the way around.

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 03:27 PM

very nice

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 06:10 PM

Beautiful wood! Beautiful box! Very nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 08:18 PM

Very nice combination of words and a very good looking box!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 12-05-2016 02:19 AM

Like the walnut with the dogwood – great combination. Very nice project. What finish did you use?

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#8 posted 12-05-2016 02:34 AM

Nick, I like this design. Nice work. Beautiful walnut. The idea of using the dogwood as panels and splines is a good one. I like rounded corners. It lets the grain pattern flow around the box.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 03:29 AM



Like the walnut with the dogwood – great combination. Very nice project. What finish did you use?

- BB1

Just Tung oil and Minwax.

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#10 posted 12-05-2016 04:22 AM

Cool idea. I have a property I just moved to last year and the back woods/trees are full of buckthorn. Common invasive species. Usually small, but I took down half a dozen trees that had become pretty big. I save a 6 foot tall, 9 inch diameter trunk piece. Your gorgeous inlay makes me hopeful that I can create something usable out of mine someday. It would be nice to be able to put some small trees to use.

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#11 posted 12-05-2016 04:36 AM

Very nice. I’d be interested to see how your dogwood (which is a good bit darker than other dogwood I’ve seen) would look when contrasted with a lighter wood, such as maple or birch. Any chance you’ll try that?

-- Cluttered Shop

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Nick424

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#12 posted 12-05-2016 10:43 PM



Very nice. I d be interested to see how your dogwood (which is a good bit darker than other dogwood I ve seen) would look when contrasted with a lighter wood, such as maple or birch. Any chance you ll try that?

- ClutteredShop

Sure thing, that sounds like an interesting idea. I work out of town all week for the next few weeks, just home for the weekends so it might be a little while until I can try it. Unless I take a few days off!

Nick

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 11:46 PM

Very nice looking box—and that dogwood looks great with the walnut!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 12-06-2016 02:09 PM

The frame/panel looks very nice!

I like exploring my firewood pile and any trees that happen in my direction. You may not get nice wide boards, but there is spectacular grain lurking in branch nodes and root burls of the small trees around us. Boxes are a perfect venue of redisplaying what you “let out” of that tree

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