Catalpa box

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Project by hairy posted 09-06-2010 08:51 PM 2186 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been bouncing around in my head for about a year now. I brought home some catalpa that a fellow had cut into firewood. It’s a nice wood to work with. It’s easy to mess up when sanding,the light wood is softer than the dark grain streaks.

It is shaped to look like a catalpa leaf, the seed pod is also catalpa wood.

It is all from one block of wood that I resawed, then waited about a year to start work on. I have a General moisture meter, it read 9.25%. I’ve read that catalpa is one of the most stable domestic hardwoods.

Green food coloring and Minwax spray on polyurethane.

12” long x 8” wide x 2” deep overall.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 09:16 PM

WOW, just gorgeous. so that’s not green stain…would’ve never guessed.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 09:19 PM

I like the shape and love the color.
Great box!

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 09:29 PM

This really looks great. Thanks for the tip on food dye.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 09:46 PM

well done there , hairy .
and now your head is clear again , LOL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 09:53 PM

A great project Hairy, everything came together on this one to make it a stunning box.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 09:58 PM

thanks for the tip on food coloring, at least we know that is food safe! Like the shape and color of the box.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 10:05 PM

We had a catalpa tree in our yard where I grew up. This brought back great memories of that tree. Thanks for posting it! Great box!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 01:39 AM

I really like this! So you use the food coloring as a dye? How well does it penetrate the wood?
Great Job! Really great looking box. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 09-07-2010 03:52 AM

Very cool!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#10 posted 09-07-2010 04:50 AM


It gets soaked up pretty quick when you apply it. I rubbed it in with a rag. It does raise the grain, because it’s water base.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#11 posted 09-07-2010 05:29 AM

Great little box Hairy, very artistic! Thanks for the food coloring tip!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 09-07-2010 01:02 PM

real nice..(maybe one for each season? the winter one would be hard!!!) Super nice idea

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#13 posted 09-07-2010 02:03 PM

Hairy, that’s great work and so realistic and the colors are beautiful. Not only are you a fine woodworker, you are also an artist. Congratulations.

-- 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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#14 posted 09-08-2010 09:32 PM

Thanks Hairy For the info.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#15 posted 10-21-2010 04:23 AM

I’m gonna have ta try the food color thing on somethin.. awesome box Hairy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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