A Box With Old Wood

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Project by whitedog posted 1450 days ago 1593 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was a bit of a rush job, one of my kids came over today and wanted a box for a birthday present , and could they have it by tomorrow ? Well working fast isn’t always a good thing for me ,but I did already have the wood chosen and cut and started for a small box so here it is. It came out pretty good except I’m not totally happy with the handle on the lid.

The oak on the top and ends is a piece of fire wood that had bin split and after I cut that off I was amazed at how pretty it was. I used the rest of it in another box but couldn’t make myself throw away this piece . The front and back is one beautiful piece of reconstituted Redwood . I have never seen Redwood with grain like this, I will be doing more with this stuff. The handle is some new redwood that I found some small knots in it. Also did a little inlay with Malachite for a little pop. The one thing I haven’t found yet is a !950 penny , guess I’ll go dig in the old change jar. It is 8×5 x 3 1/2

The last picture has our new kitten ( pain in the ass ) checking out my new photo cube . I have to work on the lighting or maybe white balance.

As always please let me know what you think.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#1 posted 1450 days ago

Nice box, beautiful grain to the Oak.
Your cat has mischief in its eyes!

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#2 posted 1450 days ago

You are right …the handle is not quite … however I do like the ends…

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

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#3 posted 1450 days ago

I like it! Really looks nice! I don’t mind the handle to much.
I like the inlay.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 1450 days ago

I love the rustic parts of this box. I think if you kept all the pieces in similiar texture this would work better. BUT, it is still quite a nice piece. Rustic is organic, so all of your components should have an organic flow. Try to avoid 45 degree angles or perfect flat surfaces that are seen (joinery is an acception or can be hidden). The straight lines can have a subtle curve in them to flow together with the more rugged shapes. Very cool box!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 1450 days ago

Whitedog, your boxes always have so much character with the rustic woods you use. Great…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 1450 days ago

You really have a way with these boxes! I love the contrasting colors and textures,
makes a person stop and think.
Great job,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 1450 days ago

Nice box, great picture of the cat.

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#8 posted 1448 days ago

Colors contrast well, I’ve worked with redwood but have never seen such spectacular grain. Wonderful idea and thanks!.

Belton, Mo

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#9 posted 1448 days ago

I love these boxes Paul. The old and new, the refined and natural look, all work very well together. That is some of the coolest Redwood I’ve seen. Excellent job and thanks for posting!

-- 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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