Curly Maple Box with mountain scene lid

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Project by itsmic posted 05-11-2010 05:59 PM 2964 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All It’s been some time since I have added anything to my page. Here is one of the five maple boxes I have made recently. A month or so ago I was talking to my sweetheart, Cindy, about how I needed to find some good wood to make some more boxes with, I had just been working on a series of 10 small boxes I made from poplar, that I had cut from pallets, looks great, but, I wanted to work with some kind of hard wood. Well, she was looking in uncle Henry’s, a Maine based classified add pamphlet, and said they have some maple for sale, why don’t you go and check it out, I was not too sure about it, but, she insisted, even lent me the money for the wood, so, I went and picked up about 600 board feet of 1 1/4” rough cut, 10 footers, most 4” wide, with some 6, and 8’s in there. Picked through some of it, and put it to my joiner/planer, and then re-sawed some on the band saw, and there it was, a picture perfect scene of the mountains and foreground, just had to make a lid out of that, I also made another out of the opposing mirror image from the other side of the cut. I used some of the blood wood my brother Herb gave to me, for the outline of the scene and some more plan maple for the outside picture frame, cut the angles off of the 45 degree to give it a different look, that was hard for me with my, less than perfect tools, but turned out very well. I could not believe how nice some of the wood turned out to be, thanks Honey for the inspiration to go and get the wood, and thanks again to my brother for giving me the planner, band saw, and the exotic wood I used in this project. I’ll try to get the other boxes posted soon. Keep working and sharing It’s Mic woodworker nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 07:01 PM

Wow! That’s absolutely amazing. Especially seeing the back of the lid – how strikingly different it looks on the other side. You captured it so well.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 08:12 PM

You done good, but I don’t see a mountain scene. It looks more like the woodlands to me. :D

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 10:59 PM

Really like this!!!
Imperfections make the box!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 11:08 PM

Now that is why you never judge a board by it’s cover what a painting by Mother Nature


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#5 posted 05-12-2010 12:56 AM

It’s obviously the mountains beside the ocean. Don’t you see the waves crashing on the beach, with the mountains in the back ground? ;-)

That’s a sweeet box!

Good job.

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 01:13 AM

Very impressive looking box. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 05-12-2010 02:04 AM

very nice box love the grain on the lid.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 05-12-2010 03:10 AM

Hi All Thank You for all your nice comments, I appreciate the encouragement. Once I finish the sister box to this one, which is the mirror image of the scene, I will post it to the site. again thanks Keep working and sharing It’s Mic

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 05-12-2010 03:58 AM

very good box. glad you posted it.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 05-12-2010 04:43 AM

A beautifully simple box that you have let the wood speak and tell its story! Great workmanship – art!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 05-12-2010 05:13 AM

looks good

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#12 posted 05-12-2010 06:35 AM

Fantastic box. You did a wonderful job of letting the wood show it’s inner beauty.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 05-12-2010 06:47 AM

Wow, that’s neat, I saw the mountains right-off. Very nice box!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#14 posted 05-12-2010 11:44 AM

Great job this is very nice! Like the colors and grain on the top.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 05-12-2010 01:18 PM

Doesn’t gorgeous wood inspire us all.? This is a stunning box

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