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Project by Combo Prof posted 07-13-2017 08:26 PM 775 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Birdseye Maple box for my niece’s wedding made from a single 4 foot birdseye maple board. Splines are purple heart.
Finish is one coat of BLO+MS mix followed by several coats of Tru-oil and then paste wax. Its so pretty I decided not to add interior dividers or trays. I think my wife may put something she makes in side. We will see if I let her.

  • Pictures 1 to 4 shows that I got the grain and figure to wrap precisely around the box.
  • Picture 5 shows a bookend matched top.
  • Picture 6 shows the interior and how the bookend match does not carry into the interior. Which I thought strange and would be a problem. But I like it just the same. The bottom is the same as the top but floats in a rabbet.

(Outside) measurements: 4.5 by 7.5 by 11.5 inches. Walls are just under 1/2 inch thick.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)





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wseand

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 09:14 PM

Nicely done. I’m sure it will be a treasured piece. Not sure what true oil is, are you talking about, Tru-oil, the gun stock oil? Never used the stuff how do you like it.

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Combo Prof

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#2 posted 07-13-2017 09:44 PM

Yes Tru-oil I’ll make the correction.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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Boxguy

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#3 posted 07-13-2017 09:56 PM

Don, what a nice job. I like the splines, attached top, inset bottom, great finish, matched corners, and general proportions. You might consider a finger lift and perhaps longer hinges. Looks like you chose a beautiful board to work with and honored the wood with your craftsmanship. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 07-13-2017 11:58 PM

Very nice job on the box. Nice miters and beautifully matched grain. This gift will be well received.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Combo Prof

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#5 posted 07-14-2017 12:40 AM

Alan Thanks. The box does have a finger lift. Its just very long. :-) But In know its not the type you are referring to. I have been wrestling with how to artistically include a finger lift with out disturbing how the grain flows.
My solution so far is what you see. I need to find a source of 3/4” wide but longer hinges.

Dave It was a small challenge to get the grain to match… harder then I thought it would be. A real trick to get it all around the box. Easy to miss on the last corner. You need to really think it out.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 07-14-2017 12:24 PM

That is beautiful Don. The grain is stunning and you really have a knack for using it in your boxes. I love the one you made me! The purpleheart splines really contrast nicely.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 07-14-2017 01:26 PM

This is a beautiful box and the wood is very nice and interesting.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Combo Prof

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#8 posted 07-14-2017 02:35 PM

Kenny and Charles. I learned to make spline-boxes from the blogs written by Alan (Boxguy) but my techniques have improved by judicious use of hand tools. Someday in retirement I will post about some of the tricks I discovered or learned.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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dalepage

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#9 posted 07-14-2017 04:30 PM

Do yourself a favor and let your wife do whatever she wants to do with the box.

I have about a dozen displayed in the house because she likes every box I make. That’s better than selling it.

-- Dale

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Combo Prof

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#10 posted 07-14-2017 04:31 PM



Do yourself a favor and let your wife do whatever she wants to do with the box.

I have about a dozen displayed in the house because she likes every box I make. That s better than selling it.

- dalepage

I let my nice do whatever she wants with the box. It will be hers. But maybe its time to make another for my wife.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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CFrye

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#11 posted 07-15-2017 12:54 AM

Beautiful box, Don. Excellent job on the grain wrapping. That is on my To Do List. Congratulations to your niece on her wedding!

-- God bless, Candy

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Combo Prof

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#12 posted 07-15-2017 01:30 AM

Thanks Candy.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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