Ash & Walnut Box

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Project by Joe posted 03-08-2018 08:10 PM 642 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The splines and top on this box are made from Walnut. Notice the direction of the grain on the top, normally the grain goes horizontally to the opening of the box, but I liked that cathedral grain pattern that went vertically. The sides are made from Ash. A strong wood that has a distinctive grain pattern and was traditionally not considered attractive. Ash was mostly used in furniture parts not seen. I believe the view is changing today. Unfortunately the Ash Bore has had other ideas decimating this beautiful tree in America.

Thanks for your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 08:46 PM

Very attractive, nice work.

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 11:34 PM

Joe, great work. I love the look of the top and the contrast of the wood. It is also fun to see that the indented finger lift changes the grain pattern so that it is in direct contrast with the cathedral grain of the top. That too is a nice detail.

I like that you are so adept at seeing the beauty in wood and letting its beauty speak for itself. This box maximizes the natural beauty of the Walnut and the Ash as the thick corner splines augment the contrast and also draw the two woods together. Great work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-09-2018 01:19 AM

Nice touch with the cathedral grain on the lid, and I agree that ash can make an attractive box.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 03-09-2018 02:42 AM

Good looking box and the finish is excellent….........

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 03-09-2018 04:06 AM

Wow. Love the color contrast with the walnut and ash. What did you use for the finish? That walnut top really caught my eye. Great project!

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#6 posted 03-09-2018 05:42 AM

Looks great! I too would like to know what finish you used.

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#7 posted 03-09-2018 07:14 AM

Beautiful box and awesome finish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 03-09-2018 10:43 AM

Great job. I have the same question as a few other….what did you use for the finish?


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#9 posted 03-09-2018 06:55 PM

Thanks for taking your time to comment. I appreciate you doing so. Several people asked about finish. I finish the inside of the box while it’s is a straight board, using the same process on the assembled box.. Don’t have to worry about glue up problems on the inside corners. I sand, starting at 80 grit, then, 100, 150, 220, 320, 400, nice and smooth. I clean the wood, with my Fein vac, then I use a tack cloth lightly. I use Minwax Tung Oil Finish, although I don’t think it has any Tung Oil in it, Tung Oil takes forever to dry (days), I remember being told at one of the woodworking shows that it’s Linseed Oil in Minwax Tung Oil “Finish”, dries over night. Gives a nice warm look to the wood. I put it on with small patches of old White cotton T shirts cut up to 3’ squares. After it dries, I take 0000 steel wool and get the nubs off. If I rub to hard it takes off to much finish, then I have to add another coat, usually 2 coats and repeating the process, vac, tack. Then I use a harder finish, two coats of Minwax Hand rubbed poly, satin or gloss, just depends, repeating the process. This has a nice warm color too. Four or five coats in all. Gets kind of slick on that 3rd coat with poly, wanting to slide down, you have to have enough on your cloth and move quickly, the box is securely set on a Lazy Susan with good lighting that sees down the sides, thats important to see runs and misses. I learned all of this from Boxguy, and Maplerock. We vary a little here and there. However those two are masters not me. Anything else I can help with please ask, Thanks for your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 08:11 PM

First thing I thought when I saw your box was that it was made by Boxguy. It appears that the apprentice is gradually catching up to the Masters. Really beautiful work; in wood selection, craftsmanship and finish.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#11 posted 03-11-2018 04:33 PM

Very nice job …. Well Done!

-- AnthonyG, Brockport New York

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#12 posted 03-13-2018 11:18 AM

An outstanding example of true craftsmanship. I’m going to print a pic and hang it in my workshop as an example of the level I hope to attain one day. Sounds sappy (pun intended) but I mean it. Thanks for the inspiration. in fact, my next project may be to practice finishing on the hardwood cutoffs I recently acquired. My finishes have always lacked the “pop” you have developed.

-- Dave "It's not what the man makes out of wood, but what the wood makes out of the man"

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