Small Array of Black Walnut Boxes

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Project by Durnik150 posted 1496 days ago 1861 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 1496 days ago

very nice work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 1496 days ago

Great Job!

-- I like to turn

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#3 posted 1496 days ago

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

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 1496 days ago

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

-- Dan Wiggins

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 1496 days ago

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 1496 days ago

Looking good!

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

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bill merritt

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#7 posted 1496 days ago

Nice job,I like the finish.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#8 posted 1495 days ago

Looks good from here!!

-- "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 1495 days ago

Now that’s a great collection of pretty boxes.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 1495 days ago

-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 1495 days ago

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

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