My first "for real" Box - for Gilmore

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Project by poroskywood posted 10-03-2010 02:26 PM 2808 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had made one or two boxes just messing around, I use one now as a small parts bucket but this was my first serious try. It’s going to act as a Urn for my friends dog, Gilmore.

The box is made from figured Black Walnut and is about 5” x 6” x 4” tall. The top is Spalted Hard Maple saved from firewood. I bookmatched both the top and bottom of the lid for effect and some symbolism (two lives here and after) I decided to line the inside with some Birdseye Hard Maple 1/8” thick, the Birdseye is for only Gilmore to see. I also thought that the Birdseye would become portals or windows to the outside world. Cherry Miter Splines, three on the corners from large to small to represent Gilmores Family. The finish is Danish Oil under a buffing of wax.

Gilmore was a Basset Hound of 17 years, and a friend of mine. He was loved by my friends MUB, Marcy and their son Avery.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 02:27 PM

That is a beautiful box and I like the wood and the design. Good work.

-- 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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#2 posted 10-03-2010 02:49 PM

beautiful work

and a great tribute
view of the next world

-- 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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#3 posted 10-03-2010 03:00 PM

First class resting place for a beloved friend.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-03-2010 03:00 PM

Gorgeous box. That dog was obviously well loved.

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#5 posted 10-03-2010 03:12 PM

Wonderful box, built with a loving sentiment. Bravo

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 03:32 PM

Lovely box, inside and out. You’ve shown your caring for Gilmore and your friend in a very thoughtful and beautiful way.

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 03:43 PM

Scott, this is a gorgeous looking box and it is a nice gift for you friend. The wood is beautiful. You certainly chose some nicely figured pieces for the box’s construction. And I enjoy the symbolism that you have built into the box.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 04:09 PM

A beautiful project for a beautiful gesture. Great job.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 04:31 PM

Beuatiful box; Gilmore will love the eternal view. My basset hound Bubba is 14 now. Hopefully I won’t need to make one of these for 3 years.

Thanks for sharing


-- Michael, South Florida,

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 04:54 PM

Way cool box

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 04:55 PM

Beautiful last home for him.
Best of thoghts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 05:20 PM

Very thoughtful, Scott. And striking spalting on the box top. Nice.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#13 posted 10-03-2010 05:30 PM

Sorry about your loss. Even though it was not ‘your’ dog.
A very nice box, well done. Very fitting.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 10-03-2010 05:55 PM

Well Scott, when you decide to build a box, you do a great job. The wood is beautiful and the design is very good. The inside liner is a very nice touch, both symbolically, and as a lip for the top. This is a great way to remember a good friend.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#15 posted 10-03-2010 06:05 PM

Great box and story. Sorry your freind has moved on. We know what that is like to lose one of ours! We now have a Chlt Lab named Kaina who is 7. Starting to get gray hair like dad. LOL.. She still plays like a puppy though.

Great wood choice and project. Congrats.

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

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