Small Array of Black Walnut Boxes

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Project by Durnik150 posted 03-15-2010 11:58 AM 2175 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This group is a project that I have been working on for a while. I had a co-worker of mine ask if I could make a set of boxes for her daughter who was attending cosmetology school. She was looking for something that would end up holding her combs, brushes, curling iron, etc. I decided to build this to see if the concept was sound. The co-worker dropped off the face of the earth so we never took the step of really trying to fit the beauty equipment in a subsequent version. I like to imagine that her daughter was a beauty school drop-out (doo-wop).

Anyway. This set sat in my shop waiting to be finished for a long time. I finally decided to break the set up into individual pieces to make it a little more saleable. The two biggest pieces in back each have rare earth magnets in them and hold to each other very well. Those little suckers are really strong! So those two are considered a set as far as selling. All of the boxes are made using the standard bandsaw box technique, just on varying size.

The finish is a “natural” tone stain with three coats of thinned gloss polyurethane. I had a few problems with white dots appearing in the finish. I ultimately found out this was due to my fiddling with the finish while it was drying. A lesson in patience, patience, patience. I was able to sand out and redo the afflicted sections without too much problem.

Thanks for taking a look!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 12:00 PM

very nice work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 12:43 PM

Great Job!

-- I like to turn

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#3 posted 03-15-2010 02:09 PM

Now that is one fine collection of very nice looking boxes. Very well done.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 03-15-2010 02:48 PM

Really good looking boxes, to bad she is not around to appreciate them.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 03-15-2010 03:42 PM

Beautiful boxes – the walnut really glows. Great job!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#6 posted 03-15-2010 03:45 PM

Looking good!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 07:50 PM

Nice job,I like the finish.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#8 posted 03-16-2010 12:48 AM

Looks good from here!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-16-2010 02:55 AM

Now that’s a great collection of pretty boxes.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 03-16-2010 05:25 AM

-Nice wood…what are you gonna make out of it?

Walnut is so fun to work with – ‘cause when you put the finish on…it ends up looking like this! Very nice set.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#11 posted 03-16-2010 05:45 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!! Beautiful work!

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