Walnut box

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Project by Dave Smith posted 12-14-2017 08:09 PM 1364 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this box 20+ years ago, wasn’t 100 percent pleased with it so I set it aside and made another one. Recently found it again. Did some touch-up, put the inside together, some linseed oil and beeswax and this is the result (mistakes and all). Box is made from a Walnut tree I cut from the backyard. Tree was going to fall on the house. Inlay is white oak.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#1 posted 12-14-2017 09:10 PM

That looks really great. I love that you used your own wood. I like the raised panel top a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 12-14-2017 10:03 PM

Well done. I would love to make something like that

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#3 posted 12-14-2017 10:15 PM

That’s a great looking box! I like the walnut/white oak combo—and love the background story!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Dave Smith

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#4 posted 12-14-2017 11:16 PM

Thanks for the encouragement guys. It helps. Zod, if I can do it, anyone can. This was my first attempt at a project like this since high school wood shop classes many years previous. All I had at the time was a cheap benchtop table saw and some crappy old hand tools. Also was my first attempt at box joints (thus they are not very tight). If I may digress, it’s a damn shame that most high schools no longer have wood shop. My school had an awesome and well equipped shop. Wish I had picked up those tools when they sold them.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#5 posted 12-14-2017 11:56 PM

Be proud. That is a beautiful box. I really like the design features.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#6 posted 12-15-2017 02:37 AM

Very nice looking box.

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#7 posted 12-15-2017 03:50 AM

Excellent build!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 12-15-2017 04:12 AM

Dave, 20 years is a long time to sit in the “Time-out Corner,” but I get the idea. This box deserved to be finished. I like the look and the design of the oak insets. The line around the upper area is good as well. The inside dividers help make this box function better. Nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 12-15-2017 04:51 AM

Beautiful inlay net. I like curved top on this box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 12-15-2017 05:58 AM

Dave, the inlay and curved top make this one stand out. Nice work, even if it took you a while to complete. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 12-15-2017 11:23 AM

It turned out great after all this time. Very well done. I really like the inlay.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 12-15-2017 01:16 PM

This box is so beautiful and nicely done and it displays a lot of fine details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Dave Smith

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#13 posted 12-15-2017 02:21 PM

Thanks so much for all the nice comments. Lumberjocks are the best. The second one turned out better. Tighter joints, less visable glue lines. But I didn’t even have a camera back then, or a computer or any idea of what the internet was.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#14 posted 12-18-2017 08:16 PM

Nice job, brother! Is that flocking or felt on the inside. I’m interested in doing a box or two once I get my table saw rigged up again properly. I hope they turn out a fraction as nice as yours!

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Dave Smith

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#15 posted 12-19-2017 03:24 AM

Thanks Wayne. It’s adhesive back felt. I prefer flocking but didn’t have any at the time.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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