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Project by Richard posted 1530 days ago 3070 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blue stained tool box made from Idaho lodgepole pine. My aunt wanted a garden tote, but I made her a tool box based on JJempson design. The lumber was meant for a barn, but I liked the color contrast in the beetle killed pine.

I wanted to fill the cracks with some dark blue crushed glass, but I didn’t know quite how to do it, so I used some Turquoise inlay.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho





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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 1530 days ago

An outstanding tote! Beautiful choice of wood and your craftsmanship shows very nicely!

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

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Stevinmarin

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#2 posted 1530 days ago

Damn, I love the figure on that wood. Great idea to add the turquoise. Nice job!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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donjoe

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#3 posted 1530 days ago

Great looking tote as well as very nice wood.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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imallchalkedup

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#4 posted 1530 days ago

wow, thats a fancy tool box, great craftsmanship

-- RStadler

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1530 days ago

It’s cool it’s neat well done

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Coble

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#6 posted 1530 days ago

very cool

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OutPutter

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#7 posted 1530 days ago

Exquisite tool box. You say you stained it blue? I’d love to hear how you did that because it really looks nice like that. I can’t tell you how many times I wished I had a different choice for a contrasting wood.

Best,

-- Jim

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Richard

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#8 posted 1530 days ago

I cannot take credit for the blue stain, that was the result of mother nature. Something about beetles attacking the wood, and a fungus sets in and somehow stains the wood. Some people think the wood is devalued because it is stained, but I like constrast in the lodgepole pine.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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Mary Anne

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#9 posted 1530 days ago

That is one fine looking tote. The staining adds a nice old-time flavor to it. I’ll bet your aunt loves it! I know I would!

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 1529 days ago

Cool I just made a tool box as well. Love your design and colors very cool!

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

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cobbler

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#11 posted 1529 days ago

That blue stain makes it look like box elder.
Great box. Good joinery.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 1529 days ago

Great tote box and good use of the beetle killed pine. According to most of the studies, if the tree is harvested
quick the wood is not weakened that much and it does make beautiful projects.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Jason

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#13 posted 1529 days ago

That is some nice looking wood. The turquoise is a nice touch too. Excellent project all in all.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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TroutGuy

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#14 posted 1529 days ago

Excellent use of the beetle kill! I’ve always liked the blue stain too.

Unfortunately, it is becoming all too available. Current estimates are that 70% of the 1.5 million acres of lodgepole pine in Colorado are infected, and will be dead within a few years. They will present a fire hazard for 15 – 20 years. I suspect that the same is true in other states. Very sad…

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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BillyJ

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#15 posted 1528 days ago

Great tool box tote. Very nice stain job. Looks like it would be very comfortable to work with.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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