Monterey Cypress Shadow Box

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Project by TreeBones posted 12-20-2007 10:50 PM 4069 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The tree this was made from was planted by my wifes Grandmother over 100 years ago. It was removed for safety reasons as it was leaning towards the church across the street. I made jewelry boxes from some of the more figured wood and most all the family received one for Christmas several years ago. It has also made a garden bench and the Adirondack chairs posted in an earlier project. The colors don’t show well in this photo but it has a wide range from an orange to tan and cream.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#1 posted 12-20-2007 11:05 PM

beautiful box, beautiful story, beautiful photo!!!

Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-20-2007 11:09 PM


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

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 11:11 PM

The colors in that cypress are beautiful. I’m emailing you about purchasing some boards.

-- johnjoiner

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#4 posted 12-21-2007 12:32 AM

That just aint right… You have your own personal saw mill so you can find a tree and cut it down and then mill it all by yourself. That must be why George Washington chopped down the Cherry tree. He had a mill and needed to make some furniture.

Beautiful job.

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#5 posted 12-21-2007 12:33 AM

Talk about giving a family memer the ultimate heirloom. The box is beautiful and the story is as well.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 12-21-2007 12:47 AM

Holy cow! This is made from the lesser figured wood. The more figured wood must have been spectacular.

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#7 posted 12-21-2007 12:52 AM

Remarkable. The wood is simply beautiful.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 12-21-2007 01:43 AM

The box looks at home in the garden as well as inside on a wall. Excellent craftsmanship. The fact that your story connects the whole family through the grandmother’s tree is inspiring. When I saw the first picture, I was moved.

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

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#9 posted 12-21-2007 03:25 AM

What a great looking case…that wood really sings…What’s the density of the Cypress – just in general…is it a fairly light wood or a bit heavier?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 12-21-2007 04:17 AM

Dorje, It’s in the middle, fairly light but sanding is harder than pine.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 12-21-2007 05:01 AM

Fantastic looking wood. A beautiful project. nice job on the Box

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 12-21-2007 05:51 PM

Wow, this is beautiful. Love the grain especially in the back….Gee, I’d hate to put anything in it..LOL Awesome, and a great story to boot. Well, done.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 12-26-2007 05:44 AM

fantastic project and a real family heirloom, too!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#14 posted 12-26-2007 09:58 PM

Really very nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 12-31-2007 10:35 AM

Beautiful box made from beautiful wood.

-- Jiri

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