A simple box in spalted elm

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 1573 days ago 3447 views 10 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago my son-in-law deposited part of an unidentified tree-stump on my drive-way. As soon as I quartered it, I realised it was going to be ‘interesting’. Early this year, I bandsawed some mini-boards from one of the pieces and found a great example of Mother Nature’s magic. All within one little piece were examples of spalt, ripple and burr. Oh deep joy! Mrs YS coincidentally had asked for a little box to contain her circular knitting needles, so I used those first little boards to make this simple box. In the title I haved called the wood elm. The only part of the grain that really resembles elm, however, is the distinctive strip running across the lid.

Construction of this box is by mitres with slip-feathers and the hinge is a variation on my oft-used wooden variety.

Dimensions are about 8.5” x 7” x 4.5”

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 1573 days ago

Outstanding character in that wood! really nice box-I expect Mrs. YS is very happy with it.

-- Allen, WA

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#2 posted 1573 days ago

that is a wonderful box and lovely wood well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#3 posted 1573 days ago

I love to see your creations. Another great one Stewart!

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

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#4 posted 1573 days ago

Good Show!

Nice box, and a really nice story.
You do well sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 1573 days ago

Another wonderful box Stewart. As usual it is unique and also well designed. I love the new hinge treatment, it goes well with this box. And lastly I love the rustic look too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1573 days ago

Thats a nice one Stewart. I always liked your wooden hinges.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 1573 days ago

that is some pretty wood

-- Derek, Iowa

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#8 posted 1573 days ago

Very Pretty Box out of some Very Pretty Wood… Great Job, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 1573 days ago

that wood is amazing… love the multi-color within… looks great…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#10 posted 1573 days ago

Very Nice…Excellent design and a great piece of wood that you built it from. Fantastic job on your hinges… It never ceases to amaze me how much beauty there us in the grain of many woods. Since i was a young boy (dam, that was a long tome ago) I have always been in awe of what nature can do with a piece of wood. I guess that is what attracts us to woodworking.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#11 posted 1573 days ago

What a good thing you have done with Mother Nature’s bounty. Very organic in form too, and of course the hinges set it off magnificently. Very cool Stewart.

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

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-- al.chazy ny

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#13 posted 1573 days ago

Fantastic hunk of wood, Stewart…. and the box isn’t bad either! :-)

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

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#14 posted 1573 days ago

So unique. So organic. So YorkshireStewart.

So talented.

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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#15 posted 1573 days ago

very nice work, i love how the hinges are built in.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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