Walnut and Birch Box

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Project by bb71 posted 03-24-2010 08:10 PM 2494 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small box I’ve just finished up. Wood is walnut and birch. Size is 11”L x 7.5”W x 3.75”H. The inner tray is about 1” deep. The center “panel” in the lid is raised about 1/16”. Finish is Watco Natural Danish Oil. The dovetails came out pretty good but they still have some way to go. Seems like dovetails are like golf – something you can practice all your life. You can see a little filler on the corner of the top left tail. There’s a few other spots too. Overall I’m happy with it.


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#1 posted 03-24-2010 09:28 PM

This is a beautiful box. I have a bunch of walnut and birch so this is inspiring. Is the tray botton solid f walnut veneer? I may give this one a whirl.

-- Michael, South Florida,

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 09:41 PM

Both the tray bottom and box bottom are 2 edge glued solid pieces resawn from the same board. They are 3/16” thick. I edge glued them at about 5/16” thick and planed them down after.

Glad I could be of some inspiration. One thing I would have done differently – instead of having the small ledges for the tray on the ends of the box – I would have re-arranged the dovetails a little and used through splines in the box to hold the tray. This would have added some birch color contrast on the bottom too.

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 10:30 PM

very nice work. I like the center of the lid.


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#4 posted 03-24-2010 10:34 PM

As someone mentioned to me, the center panel reminds you that the piece came from a tree.! Sometimes people forget that wood furniture, etc. comes from trees.

Its funny but that center panel is a butt ugly piece of wood on its own but really looks great when finished and added into the lid.

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#5 posted 03-24-2010 10:37 PM

Very cool looking box. The contrasting woods go together well. Nice job.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 12:16 AM

very nice job, love the conrasting woods

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 01:42 AM

Nice looking box, great wood combination.


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#8 posted 03-25-2010 01:54 AM

I like the use of the spline on the top with the solid look of the dovetails below. I have used through splines as a way to hold up trays. It would give an interesting look to balance a spline with the dovetails. nice job on your box.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 03-25-2010 02:29 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 03:26 AM

Great box and the combination of woods is striking. I’m a bit biased, though, for as far as I’m concerned, anything done using walnut is going to look nice (favorite is walnut/maple but the walnut/birch looks real nice, too). Very nice job on the joinery, especially the miters on the top – they look perfect.

Nice job!


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#11 posted 03-25-2010 03:47 AM

Sweet box. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 05:31 AM

That circular piece of walnut in the top….what a stunner…very good.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#13 posted 03-25-2010 07:45 AM

Nice work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 03-25-2010 07:03 PM

well done – nice design

-- -erik & christy-

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 12:38 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone. The recipient is thrilled with it.

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