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My son found an old Douglas Fir 2×4 laying in a field and brought it to me thinking I could use it for something. It was in rough shape but I thought I might be able to salvage some of it for a leg or two for a stand I was making for a couple of power tools. When I ran it through the planer to get the cupping out, it revealed some nice spalting and character with the knots, cracks and weathering. So, I decided to make this little box using a couple of firsts for me being a figured Walnut book matched top and some slot hinges. I want to thank Gene for his info and help on the hinges.

The grain was supposed to wrap around the box, but I had previously set my mitersaw to 89 degrees and forgot to set it back. Of course after cutting the miters and going to glue up, I realized they were off and had to trim a bit extra from each end, throwing off the grain. Lesson learned…

The woods used are Douglas Fir, Walnut, Wenge and Padauk. Thanks for taking the time to look and as always, any comments/critiques are welcome. Thanks again.


-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 1455 days ago

Brad I would be interested in more on the hinges…??
Btw I do like the box and how you have made it…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1455 days ago

Great job. love the wood.

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#3 posted 1455 days ago

Brad…this turned out great man! Love the bookmatched top. Any shots of the inside?

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#4 posted 1455 days ago

Brad, I really like the design of your box. Great combination of woods and super finish. Would love to see the inside and how you did the hinges…........Great Job.

-- John @

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#5 posted 1455 days ago

Same as above.
I like the box and would really like to see the hinges and inside.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 1455 days ago

Thanks a lot LJ’s for the comments!

I fully planned on getting a picture of the inside like I always do, but I was in a hurry and spaced it for whatever reason. I will try and get one posted tomorrow though. Sorry about that.
I cut the slots with a .036 kerf saw and arbor I ordered from Woodcraft. Then I cut the chamfer, larger than needed because I wanted it deep, and then cut a small rabbett along the top and bottom edges that allow it to open correctly. Thanks again for the comments.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#7 posted 1455 days ago

Hey Brad,
Nice design and cool finish…well done.

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#8 posted 1455 days ago

Holy smoke, Brad….. that’s gorgeous!

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

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#9 posted 1455 days ago

well done job, interesting design, Great looking of two tone of wood combo


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#10 posted 1455 days ago

Beautiful box. I to would like some info on the hinges.

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

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#11 posted 1455 days ago

I love the fact that you used scrap 2×4 to such good results. Very nice box.

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

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#12 posted 1455 days ago

Beautiful box.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 1455 days ago

Thanks so much for the feedback!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#14 posted 1454 days ago

Great job, Brad. You took a piece of lumber that would otherwise have rotted away and turned it into a beautiful box that people will enjoy for decades. Just that has to be rewarding, in itself. And you did such a nice job, turning out a box that anyone would treasure.

You should be proud!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#15 posted 1454 days ago

Ooh I like a bit of spalting. Good box

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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