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Project by DGunn posted 1328 days ago 1635 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were Christmas gifts I made for my sisters a couple of years back. I just never got around to posting them until now. The boxes are Curly maple, with Redwood burl veneer on the tops, and redwood for the dovetail splines on the corners. This was very fun to make. It was a challenge for me, but I was happy with how they turned out. I resawed the curly maple for from some thick stock. I also matched the veneer on the inside and the outside to make it look like a solid piece of wood. The finish is BLO topped with Shellac. The first time I had ever used either of those. Every detail of this build was a first for me.

If you have any questions or comments, please ask. I would like to share anything about this, as this is one of the favorite projects I have ever done.

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#1 posted 1328 days ago

They turned out very nice.. I like to way to two woods go together.. great job David..


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#2 posted 1328 days ago

Two very well made boxes. If these are your first I can’t wait to see what follows. I know they were a hit. Well done.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#3 posted 1328 days ago

Very nice I’m sure they loved them.

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

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#4 posted 1328 days ago

Nice work, I like the dovetail splines. Did you happen to see the WoodSmith Shop? They showed off several jigs and one of them was a dovetail spline jig. Again nice work they look great.

-- Vince

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#5 posted 1328 days ago

These were really nice. Great workmanship and wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 1328 days ago

Nice job.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 1328 days ago

They turned out great. Nice work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#8 posted 1328 days ago

nice work, I do the same thing when i veneer pieces but no one pays attention to that. I also make it so it looks like one piece of wood cut to make a top an bottom, or the continus grain i make my boxes with. Sorry for the ramblin, these boxes came out great and just that much better with the detail that went into them.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 1328 days ago

Nice looking boxes.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 1328 days ago

Nice boxes. Like the lumber.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#11 posted 1328 days ago

Wonderful looking wood, great job.

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