Lodgepole pine tool box

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Project by Richard posted 05-25-2010 12:54 AM 3419 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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#1 posted 05-25-2010 01:32 AM

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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#2 posted 05-25-2010 01:33 AM

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

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 01:57 AM

Great looking tote as well as very nice wood.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 02:25 AM

wow, thats a fancy tool box, great craftsmanship

-- RStadler

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 02:27 AM

It’s cool it’s neat well done

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 02:43 AM

very cool

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 05:17 AM

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.


-- Jim

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 05:32 AM

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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#9 posted 05-25-2010 05:38 AM

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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#10 posted 05-25-2010 10:58 AM

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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#11 posted 05-25-2010 01:34 PM

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

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#12 posted 05-25-2010 03:58 PM

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 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 05-25-2010 07:03 PM

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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#14 posted 05-25-2010 09:33 PM

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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#15 posted 05-26-2010 07:48 PM

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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