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Sassafras Box - a True Learning Experience.

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Project by cajunpen posted 10-17-2007 06:36 AM 2811 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this little Sassafras box from some wood that I picked up in Arkansas several years ago. The box is full of Firsts for me – to read more about all of that check my Blog on this box. I don’t think this box is perfect – but I did learn quite a bit making it and that is always a good thing.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/





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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 06:52 AM

Great box from some wonderful lumber. Nice trick with the Inlace. I have a kit of it that I have let collect dust for a few years. Going to have to see if it is still good. Let us all know if it suffers any effects of wood movement.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Jeff

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 07:02 AM

I just read your blog Bill. Nice work with adding the wooden hinges and I really like the epoxy solution for the floating lid. The Sassafras is beautiful. (I love that word. It’s like Sassparilla.) Certainly something to be proud of! How did you like doing the splines in the corners? I just finished a box using the same technique and really liked it.

By the way, I like your tag line. I’m learning more about that mindset with every project.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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David

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 07:14 AM

Very cool! I like the wood and the hinges. Excellent!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 07:35 AM

Douglas I’ve used it, the InLace, one time about a year ago. I carved a sign for a friend and used it to fill in the name. So far it’s holding up great.

Caliper I used the spline jig that David Stowe has on his video. It is easy to use and I really like the look it gives the project – when you use a contrasting wood.

Thanks David.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Jeff

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 07:54 AM

I agree. I just made the simple one from a 2X4 scrap and a piece of 1/4” MDF. Easy enough to make and slick to boot.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 10-17-2007 01:11 PM

I really like it, Bill. Great color and design. Sassafras always brings back memories to me. We had lots of it where I grew up. Every year, Dad would take the John Deere and pull up a tree. Usually it was one about 4 inches around. We’d drag it to the house which would shake most of the dirt off the roots. After we got the dirt off the roots we’d cut them up with pruners. After they were washed and bagged, we had enough for a years worth of sassafras tea. This time of year it would sure taste good. Thanks for bringing back the memory, Bill.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-17-2007 02:28 PM

Nice job, Bill. You’re motivating me to give three new things (for me) a try: splines, wooden hinges, and that Inlace epoxy.

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

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mot

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#8 posted 10-17-2007 03:14 PM

Great box, Bill. Good blog as well.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Branden

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#9 posted 10-17-2007 05:19 PM

Nice work on the hinges and overall design!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California - www.ShopDogUSA.com

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#10 posted 10-17-2007 08:15 PM

Sassafras is a new one to me, and I like it a lot. Those hinges are a delight; I’ve done wooden ones but never set them in like that. My sort of box – lovely. Thos. Angle – As for dragging trees out of the ground to make a cup of tea – that’s beyond my wildest dreams! <grin>

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Karson

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#11 posted 10-17-2007 09:28 PM

Great Sassafras box.

I made a Sassafras roll top Bread box once. It was sitting on the kitchen counter and my wife saw a mouse run across the counter and then disappear. She rolled down the roll-top and we went about our way.

The next day we noticed a big hole gnawed out of the roll top.

I’ve heard it said that European Royalty did not consider themselves complete without a piece of furniture made out of Sassafras.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cajunpen

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#12 posted 10-17-2007 10:21 PM

Thanks for all of the nice comments, I appreciate them.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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cajunpen

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#13 posted 10-17-2007 10:21 PM

Thanks Thomas, I’ve never tried Sassafras tea, but I knew that it came from the roots of the tree. Sassafras has a wonderful aroma when milling it.

It is amazing Thomas that you actually were able to enlighten someone from the UK on the art of tea making (just kidding Stewart :—))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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cajunpen

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#14 posted 10-17-2007 10:22 PM

Charlie – go for it, I’m finding out that every time I step into the shop I learn something new – even if it’s just by finding one of the many tools that I’ve bought and put away for future use.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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cajunpen

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#15 posted 10-17-2007 10:24 PM

Karson did you make another top or pitch the bread box? I think that I’d like to try a bread box – I’ll have to dig up some plans and give it a try. Think I’ll use red oak – I’ve heard that mice will eat sassafras.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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