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Project by dlgWoodWork posted 01-07-2011 07:11 AM 2352 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 01-07-2011 08:08 AM

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 01-07-2011 08:13 AM

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 01-07-2011 11:04 AM

Very nice I’m sure they loved them.

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

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 12:37 PM

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 01-07-2011 01:55 PM

These were really nice. Great workmanship and wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-07-2011 01:59 PM

Nice job.

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

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 03:08 PM

They turned out great. Nice work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 03:37 PM

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 01-07-2011 04:12 PM

Nice looking boxes.

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 05:17 PM

Nice boxes. Like the lumber.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 11:13 PM

Wonderful looking wood, great job.

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