Emerald Ash Borer Utility Box

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Project by Joe posted 03-13-2018 12:55 PM 973 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sliding top utility box made for shop storage. If you look closely you can see where the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle made his way through the wood killing the tree. The Bore killed 100’s of millions of Ash trees in the United States since 2002. They came from outside the US only attacking the Ash Tree which are now gone in Indiana. The splines are made of walnut. Finished using Minwax Tung Oil Finish and Satin Hand Rubbed Poly.

Thanks for taking your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 01:25 PM

Great looking for shop storage! Like the contrasting splines.

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 08:11 PM

This is a very nice box and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 08:50 PM

Joe, this is a beautiful box. It makes a great study in contrast. The walnut and ash are a stunning combination. Does your sliding top have a magnetic catch? What are you going to put into this box?

I see your photographs have moved up a notch. The lights and the white background give a clear, uncluttered look and representation of your work. Well done. In the future you might tell fellow LJs how you did that.

See you soon. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 11:54 PM

Great box, and glad you were able to salvage some of the Ash wood. We are fighting those borers here in Ohio too and found that after killing most of the Ash trees they have jumped to our native Fringe Trees which means they could threaten other species of trees as well. Shame that we did not learn our lessons from the Chestnuts and Elms.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 03-14-2018 12:59 AM

Nice looking box, Joe. I like the combination of ash and walnut.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 03-14-2018 08:13 AM

Beautiful box. Good inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#7 posted 03-14-2018 12:26 PM

Nice box. My lumberyard guy told me a couple of days ago that if I wanted any Ash to go ahead and get it because his prices were going to jump quite a bit in a month or so due to infestations. Shame…

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#8 posted 03-14-2018 06:01 PM

Good looking utility box!
Box making is probably the best test of a woodworker.

I made a lot of sliding top boxes but all of them were a lot smaller!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 03-17-2018 06:43 PM

Interesting, I was told the beetle only went between the bark and the wood, not int the actual tree. Nice box!

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#10 posted 03-28-2018 07:43 PM

Joe, this is a very useful box. I like to make lt for tool storage in my sailboat.

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#11 posted 03-28-2018 08:32 PM

my shop stuff is usually old tupperware nothing that nice for sure, but i do use allot of ash its all over the place.

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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