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Project by coloradoclimber posted 2413 days ago 4083 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another xmas gift. I’m not finished but I thought I better post it now. With only a couple more days til xmas I’m scrambling to get it finished and might not get it posted if I wait.

The box is maple and bloodwood laminated and resawn. The bottom is walnut and the top leopardwood.

I mortised the hinge slots by hand. Used a marking knife and gage then a sharp chisel. Mortised for thick leaf precision hinges.

If I get another picture when it’s finished I’ll update.





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YorkshireStewart

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#1 posted 2413 days ago

Some amazing timbers there, CC. I don’t know either bloodwood or leopard wood. There are some delightful Christmas gifts being produced by Lumberjocks and this is one of them. Lovely crisp joinery too! I wonder how many LJ’s receive lovingly handmade gifts as well as give them? I live in hope!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Betsy

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#2 posted 2413 days ago

Wow – I would not have thought of that combination of woods——but you pulled it off. All your boxes look great. There are going to be some ohs and ahs on Christmas morning in your house!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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mrtrim

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#3 posted 2413 days ago

another fine piece of work climber great job

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2413 days ago

Love it. Nice touch with the spline contrasts. Someone will have a keepsake for Christmas.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#5 posted 2413 days ago

Really nice. I like the contrast between the maple and the other two woods. The bloodwood complements the leapardwood nicely. The more things I see on this site the more I’m amazed at what nature creates and artisans such as yourself do with it.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 2413 days ago

Sweet little box! Great combination of woods.

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

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Karson

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#7 posted 2413 days ago

Another great box. The colors just pop out at you and the blending of the top is great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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gbvinc

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#8 posted 2413 days ago

Cool box. Very unique combination of woods and the splines really add to the look.

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miles125

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#9 posted 2413 days ago

Very sleek design…great job

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Grumpy

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#10 posted 2413 days ago

Very nice work. Good use of contrasting wood colours.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Hawgnutz

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#11 posted 2413 days ago

Nice box, Colo! What type of finish do you plan to use on the mixture of woods?

God Bless,
Hawg

Colorado born and bred, but transplanted….

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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cajunpen

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#12 posted 2412 days ago

That is a spectacular little box. Nice combination fo woods.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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snowdog

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#13 posted 2412 days ago

Wow, it looks elegant. I hope to someday be able to just give something that nice a try. I am not sure if it is my fear of failure or my busy schedule that keeps me out of the shop these past two month :)

Nice job.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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coloradoclimber

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#14 posted 2412 days ago

Thanks all for the positive comments.

I think Bloodwood and Maple are my favorite woods to put next to each other. I would definitely recommend trying it. The bloodwood really stands out against the maple.

As for finishing it, that’s a bit of a problem. Bloodwood has a very bright red color when freshly cut. Next to the maple it really looks good.

I like to use a couple coats of pure tung oil. Once it is oiled the bloodwood takes on a much deeper, richer color, BUT the new color is quite a bit darker, it gets an almost brownish red, kinda like, well, the color of blood :). It looks great but doesn’t have the same glaring red, if that’s what you’re going for. I like the oiled finish, it is definitely much richer, but it does change the color.

Right now the oil is drying and I’ll probably end up with a coat or two of wax. I generally prefer the feel and look of wood with an oil finish instead of a poly finish. I understand using poly for high wear low maintenance surfaces. For decorative pieces I like the smell that tung oil leaves behind. I like feeling the wood texture. And I don’t end up with the “plasticy” look and feel of poly. The oil finish don’t end up as shiny and polished as poly but they look more like wood to my eye. So probably just oil and wax.

thanks again all

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Krisztian

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#15 posted 2411 days ago

Very nice work.

-- Krisztian VA My website: www.vacarpentry.com

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