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Project by aldente posted 06-12-2010 12:08 PM 3067 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

awhile back I posted some pics of some japenese spalted maple I had mill out, asking what I should make. I forgot to post the pics of what I came up with. So this is it. I call it a coffee coffin. I’ll use it for my re-enacting camping (Rendzvous). I made the coffee scoop out of flaming box elder (just thought the two went together well). I also like tea, thus the steeping spoon. The coffee goes in the bottom of the coffin, Teas I’ll put up in the divided compartments in the tray. I just love the way the spaulted lines just flow around the box. It makes you want to see whats around the corner. The lines keep your eyes constantley moving looking to see if you can make out any figures in the lines. I think the lines give the coffin a gentle, smooth fluid flow to the piece. One last thing, there is a secret compartment. Anyone care to geuss where it is? If I tell you it won’t be a secret anymore.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#1 posted 06-12-2010 12:32 PM

Beautiful box and build. Very nicely done, Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 06-12-2010 01:27 PM

Great looking box!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#3 posted 06-12-2010 02:37 PM

I completely agree with Tom—Beautiful box!

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#4 posted 06-12-2010 03:43 PM

Very interesting box, that’s for sure. The spalted maple almost looks like stone and really does draw your eye around it! I’d imagine it’s more mesmerizing and even prettier in person.

I’m going to guess the secret compartment is in the lid, as there appears to be a small gap or two in the last picture that I’m guessing you would’ve eliminated if it were a solid top?

How did you finish this by the way? Was the final coat wax?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-12-2010 03:54 PM

sorry jonathan but it’s not in the top. What you see is where the maple has swollen, after the Lacquer (answering your other question) was applied. The spaulted maple was real punky in some areas. makes it hard to turn the wood, but wow it’s awsome looking. I had a hard time getting the lacquer to saturate some spots as well. I have run out of time to fix it now. But when I get back from my Rendezvous it’s a done deal. Thank You All for your comments.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 04:38 PM

Wonderful box well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 06-12-2010 04:49 PM

I am guessing base for the hidden compartment due to thickness..maybe a drawer???
Really like the design and material used here!
Nice stuff :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 04:57 PM

Then it’s got to be in the base, below the “bottom” shelf. Not sure if it all lift off/out, or if there is a drawer or false front or back or something?

Very cool, however you incorporated it!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 06:50 PM

thats some awesome maple

-- -erik & christy-

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#10 posted 06-12-2010 07:51 PM

Great job on the box

Thanks for sharing


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#11 posted 06-12-2010 07:55 PM

Lovely little box, love the spalting wood, I’m guessing the secret compartment is on/in the bottom. It is well hidden! I can see no obvious clue which leads me to think there is a compartment on the bottom.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 06-12-2010 08:06 PM

Great job on the box. I really like the look of spalted maple.

I agree with Jonathan/Bearpie—there must be a false bottom of some kind.

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

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#13 posted 06-13-2010 01:36 AM

Very nice choice of woods, they compliment each other nicely

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#14 posted 06-13-2010 01:48 AM

Well done, very nice wood choices on this box eye candy for sure…thanks for posting BC

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#15 posted 06-13-2010 02:10 PM

Very nice box and the finish looked really great too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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