Fence Post Box

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Project by whitedog posted 04-03-2010 01:12 AM 3158 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m adding another box to my collection of old fence post boxes. I don’t know why I’m drawn to these old posts, but when I find them I just want to cut into them and make something new. On this one I was surprised to see that it was redwood , I don’t know why redwood in this area makes sense it’s rot and insect resent. I guess because it costs so much now. On this I was trying to show the colors of the stuff on the exterior of the post and the beauty of the aged redwood interior. I think I might have made the side towers a little to tall .

The keys are maple and redwood
The handle is maple and Manzanita root

On the bottom is a stone to cover a knot hole

The finish is satin spray Deft that I tried because Andy says he likes it. I used Deft 20+ yrs. ago. This stuff in a can is great it goes on great and dries fast. I’m now a fan.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 01:13 AM

now that is a very cool box, very unique! :)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 01:28 AM

Wow! This is so unique…I dont know what to say…but WOW!
What a concept. I agree that the side might be a trifle high, but lets not quibble. This is stunning.
I hope you explore this idea further, its great. The colors/contrasts work perfectly and the finish is spot on. Well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 02:14 AM

I really like this Paul, leaving the raw material and contrasting it with what you’ve made out of it. Fantastic. It’s a unique concept, and you’ve done a great job with it! Very nice.


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#4 posted 04-03-2010 02:33 AM

this is gorgeous !

a great story of wood in it’s different forms .

excellent !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-03-2010 02:49 AM

That is a really cool box Paul! That is such a beautiful red and I love the natural look of the moss. You have an eye my friend. Great job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 04-03-2010 02:59 AM

That is just too cool !!!

How well does the lichen / moss etc last under the finish?
How do you do all the planing & sanding without destroying the lichen?

I am usually impressed with what I find inside an old log or plank – I never thought to keep the exterior to show the radical difference.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

#7 posted 04-03-2010 03:00 AM

I like the keys!
Nice box!

-- Charles-Etienne Sauvé-Faucher, Ebéniste.

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#8 posted 04-03-2010 03:18 AM

Very unique and lovely at the same time.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 04-03-2010 04:06 AM

That is very creative. It has alot of artistic qualities to it. I’ve found redwood to be a nice wood to work with.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#10 posted 04-03-2010 06:18 AM

Crazy about the box – not so much the sides.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 04-03-2010 12:07 PM

Seriously artistic and creative! I think that it’s very well executed, and I actually really like the sides. Makes it more interesting, and keeping with the fence roots :)

Well done!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#12 posted 04-03-2010 02:38 PM

Very interesting box. Very daring combination between the old growth wood (live edge ) and the finished wood. I would have left those “risers” off the already finished sides. It looks added on. I am not being critical of, but for it.
The top looks great on it. Keep the original projects coming.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 04-03-2010 03:18 PM

Your work really excites me. Each piece is a work of art and a unique solution. I love to see aged wood used to create such beautiful objects with such design flare.

-- David Australia

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#14 posted 04-03-2010 08:15 PM

excellent !


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#15 posted 04-03-2010 09:11 PM

I don’t know about this idea sorry Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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