Wild Cherry box

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 09-16-2017 10:02 PM 867 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a stash of wood left behind from a woodworker who’d passed. This was a dusty old piece of what I’m nearly 99.9% sure is cherry. I love it because the wood had a lot of character and even though it’d appeared to have had a hard life, it’s defects are what makes it so beautiful to me. The lift is made of ebony and retains the bandsaw marks. The top is 3 pieces of the Cherry jointed then surrounded by an ebony inlay.

The bottom is 3 pieces of old spalted pallet wood, jointed and splined together.

Haven’t done a box in awhile so was nervous about the hinges, but did them by hand with some marking tools and sharp enough marples chisels. I’ve read you should buy your hardware first and mill the wood to work with it….....nah, that’s got to be an old wives tale…where would the fun be in that.

The finish is BLO/MinSpirits/Poly blend sat for 30 minutes and wiped off. Only one coat, because it never gets too cold here in SC.

Thanks for peering.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 09-16-2017 10:38 PM

Beautiful box!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 03:31 AM

Nice box, good work.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 09-17-2017 05:31 AM

That is some beautiful wood and a beautiful box. you done good there.

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 10:21 AM

Looks great … good job.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#5 posted 09-17-2017 02:57 PM

I love wood like that and love making a box from it .
That turned out to be a beautiful box with great character and one of a kind .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 09-17-2017 06:20 PM

This cherry box is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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