Beach Boxes

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Project by RobS posted 06-14-2010 07:28 AM 2432 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tall, Dark and Handsome?

Some more salvaged wood projects from the beaches of Galveston, TX this time. Since I found two 3/8 inch thick pieces of ply and a similar thickness old oak drawer front, I decided to make some boxes, using these thinner finds as box bottoms. The three thicker pieces, a 1 X 6 pressure treated, a 1 X 4 poplar and an even longer 1 X 4 cedar, became the sides. I let the useable lengths of all determine the dimensions of each box. The last, thin piece of 2 X 4 cast off I decided to use to try my hand at something new, wedged mitered corners. See the last picture for the before shot of the finds.

I used the planner and the table saw to provide some truer, cleaner edges, cut the miters on the table saw and cut a 3/8 dado for the box bottoms with the router. After sanding the interior sides of all the pieces, I used the tape and glue technique that some Lumberjocks have shared here. Where you lay all four side pieces end to end, tape them all together and the tape becomes the clamp as you glue and “roll” the box together. That was a first for me and it worked well.

The wedged miters could have gone a little smoother, I even made a new jig (old wood of course) for cutting the wedge slots on the table saw. I quickly realized I need the jig to be squarer as the boxes did not always sit the same way in the jig after each time I rotated and clamped the boxes for each cut. So I’ll need to fine tune the jig for the next time.

Sanded and finished off with two coats of Watco teak oil. The results; one taller, one darker and one uh… handsomer, perhaps…

Always a good feeling when I can help clean up a beach, especially when Galveston is still recovering from Ike (2008), and make a useful project or three.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 07:32 AM

That is some nice work! I love the look of weathered wood. Just beautiful!

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 07:33 AM

Cool boxes but where are the lids?

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 07:58 AM

Fantastic boxes. Great job in using recovered wood. Help keep the beach clean and turn it into useful art.

Keep it up.


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

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 10:39 AM

Very Pretty Boxes!! Great Job on these, Rob…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 10:49 AM

Nice save.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 12:01 PM

GREAT RECYCLING…and a good job…I wouldn’t do it off beaches as I hate sand getting inbedded in the wood & eating my blades..I’m a sissy that way..grand use of material

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 12:29 PM

Recycled and beautiful… what a combination!

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#8 posted 06-14-2010 03:59 PM

Great color and nice boxes. Good save.

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#9 posted 06-14-2010 05:09 PM

Nice work on those box’s

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

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#10 posted 06-15-2010 02:50 AM

I too say a very nice recycle. Great boxes.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 07-21-2010 05:56 AM

Dramatic colors, very nice.

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