Redwood box

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Project by Salty posted 06-29-2010 01:09 AM 1806 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small box I made to hold a laser pointer I gave as a gift to a graduating PhD student of mine. I constructed the box of leftover smooth clear redwood that I used to build my fence. The splines are made of maple. I used rare-earth magnets, which are super powerful and hold the lid shut pretty well. One is hidden behind the maple handle. If both touched (metal-to-metal) you would never get the lid apart. Powerful magnets I must say! The finish is minwax clear statin polyur. I had a lot of fun building this and it was bitter sweet to give it away. One thing I learned is that one needs to handle redwood with care in order to avoid dings and dents in the soft wood. However, the wood choice fits the venue in which my student got his PhD, in the redwood forest at UC Santa Cruz. Cheers!


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#1 posted 06-29-2010 01:11 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 02:23 AM

Awesome job on your box, looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 02:23 AM

Nice Box. It looks pretty ding free so you must have learned your lesson well.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 02:47 AM

This has got some quiet elegance going on, my Friend… Nicely Done!!

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

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 03:12 AM

Great looking box! Very nice finish.

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

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 03:14 AM

Cool box very nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 03:26 AM

Sharp box.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 03:34 AM

Excellent use of wood combination.. red and white .. I like the supermagnet but on second thought it may affect some electronic equipment per say like cellphone or maybe the pointer itself… just my opinion not a proven fact. Nice finish too.

-- Bert

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#9 posted 06-29-2010 04:46 AM

Very slick! Wish I could get redwood around these parts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 06-29-2010 06:02 AM

Really pretty. I like the corner ‘key’ slots. And hinges… why do I have so many problems with hinges?


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#11 posted 06-29-2010 06:22 AM

Very nice.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#12 posted 06-29-2010 06:26 AM

Well done with such dissimilar woods.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#13 posted 06-29-2010 06:40 AM

Thanks for the responses. This was technically my first “real” box made out of unmanufactured wood (i.e. ply).

Bert—I had similar concerns about using such strong magnets. We’ll see if there are any long-term effects with those on the laser pointer.

I also realized I like making boxes. There are so many great LJ’s that have made some awesome boxes. I’ve got lots to learn.


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#14 posted 06-29-2010 12:02 PM

Great looking box. Never thought about using leftover redwood from a fence. Was it hard to get smooth?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#15 posted 06-29-2010 01:50 PM

Very nice. The maple really accents the beauty of the redwood.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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