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Blackwood Blocks, Bloodwood Box

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Project by Dan posted 06-07-2018 04:36 PM 633 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

African Blackwood is a very dense and very heavy wood, weighing in at 79lbs/ft dried weight. It has quite a dulling effect on router bits but, is excellent to work using card scrapers and sandpaper. I attempted to get the dimensions of these blocks as close to .4375×1.31255×2.625 as possible. They will stack up to 8 blocks high, end on end, so I probably got pretty close.

The proportions I used on these, thickness x 3 = width x 2 = height, I got from an article by Scott Wunder. Ideal proportions for stacking, lining up to tip over like dominos, etc. Made from blackwood they feel good in the fingers and have a great sound when clinked together.

The Bloodwood box, I made specifically for 45 of these blocks. It took a while to figure out ways to get the blocks and the box sized for an ideal fit. The box lid will fit upside down to create a flat platform for stacking blocks on top.

Edit. picture quality went south after posting.

-- Dan





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MilFlyer

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#1 posted 06-07-2018 04:54 PM

Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Dan

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 05:53 PM

Thanks MilFlyer, much appreciated

-- Dan

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Jerry

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#3 posted 06-07-2018 06:00 PM

Please upload larger pictues, this appears to be a really stunning box, but I just can’t tell.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#4 posted 06-07-2018 06:04 PM

+1 Jerry, bigger is better!

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

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Dan

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#5 posted 06-07-2018 06:59 PM

Something changed in my computer but maybe this will come out better. Thanks for looking Jerry and 0ldnovice

-- Dan

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Dan

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#6 posted 06-07-2018 07:04 PM

I wanted the box to last for a long time so I cut the bloodwood into strips and laminated for stability. Except for the posts. Mortice and tenon joinery.

-- Dan

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 06-07-2018 07:15 PM

Extremely neat project.

Very pretty.

Someone will have many hours of enjoyment just stacking and changing the stacks too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 06-07-2018 07:59 PM

This is a magnificent box and I love the design.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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Dan

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#9 posted 06-07-2018 08:14 PM

Thanks Ralph, they are fun to play around with. I hope whoever gets it enjoys it.

Thanks for the kind words Charles.

-- Dan

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#10 posted 06-08-2018 01:02 AM

This box looks great and was well thought out Dan. Thanks for the extra pictures, it really shows off now.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 06-08-2018 01:13 AM

Thanks Dave!

-- Dan

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#12 posted 06-08-2018 01:20 AM

Nicely done.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 06-08-2018 01:20 AM

Thanks, that size of picture is much better and we can see all the mistakes, .... I mean how good it really is.

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

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#14 posted 06-08-2018 02:34 AM

Nice design and choice of wood. I’m glad you posted new picks, it shows the quality of your work.

-- John D, OP, KS

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Dan

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#15 posted 06-08-2018 02:52 AM

Thanks ruddy, looked at your gallery, again. you sure make some nice boxes.

oldnovice, they’re “innovations” ha ha

Thanks John, I’m going to look closer at your puzzle boxes, quite interesting.

-- Dan

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