Rotten to the Core

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Project by dpow posted 09-08-2010 04:06 AM 2667 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago, I cut down an apple tree in my yard. It wasn’t dead it had just blown over in a storm. It was approximately 9” in diameter. I was impressed how light colored the wood was inside and thought I’d keep a piece to make a box. I roughed out a rectangular hunk from the trunk and set it under my bench to dry. I was surprised how bad the piece cracked and checked in just a couple of months, but yet it took on some character that made it more interesting. After about four more months I cut a section for the lid and roughed out the inside then set it aside for six more months to dry. When it seemed like it was dry and finished cracking and checking, I cut the outside to a finished size of about 4’’ x 7’’. I cut the inside pocket so the wall thickness was about 1/2’’ thick then set in a cherry liner and cut the lid to fit. A few of the large splits and cracks I filled with epoxy to help hold it together while machining, but most of the stability comes from the cherry liner. I wish I had taken more pictures of the box before I gave it to my mother for Christmas last year. Even with all its faults it was still a nice looking chunk of wood. A simple little project that didn’t cost much but seemed to turn out nice. Thanks for looking.

-- Doug

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 04:19 AM

I love the look of the wood. very nice

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 05:02 AM

personally i would have turned it but you did good i like the color

-- wood takes time and effort... just like women

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 11:10 AM

Now that is a great looking box! I love when people use the knots as a highlight and not try and use wood that is perfect! Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 06:57 PM

I agree with Ken. Knots add character to the right project. Great job!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 08:10 PM

now that’s my kinda wood … great box

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 08:52 PM

A box revealing the true beauty of wood. Some regard it as flaws! Fruit wood can be amazing. I recently played with timber from a guava tree – very nice.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 11:38 PM

it’s nice when you can see into the true beauty of the wood
great looking box :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#8 posted 04-28-2012 09:44 PM

really nice box wood at its best

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