Crack Box

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Project by David "Lucky Dawg" Brown posted 02-18-2011 05:47 AM 3199 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Crack Box!!
No this isnt where I store my crack! hahaha!
This box is 14” Tall x 6” Wide x 6” Thick
The front middle and back are recliamed chestnut
The first inside layers are Poplar
The Second inside layers are Alder!

I saw a picture of this on the internet sketched it up and
took it to work where I could lay it out in AutoCAD.
The chestnut was from a barn and nasty cracked with nail holes
It took awhile to clean up the board and glue all the cracks and
splits. I laminated it together and let it sit overnight
I used a 14” Grizzly bandsaw to cut out the box and drawers
then cleaned it up on the spindle sander and touch up with
a mouse sander.
My wife found the knobs for it at Hobby Lobby.
I used magnets on the backs of the drawers to keep them stable
in the box.

Thank you for your time to view this project!
David Brown

-- dumpster diver delux

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 05:53 AM

Cracking good idea!

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

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 06:00 AM

Very nice David.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 06:10 AM

very nice but crack kills! LOL ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 06:14 AM

Reminded me of this song: Huey Lewis and the News You Crack Me Up!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 06:24 AM

I have seen that design somewhere before. A Wood Magazine plan I think right? Anyway, no matter the design, yours is a fantastic implementation of the plan! I don’t think I’ve seen projects done with Chestnut before, really nice looking stuff….

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 06:32 AM

Hey David,
Nice job.

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 06:39 AM

this is way cool even though i spilled the shellac everywhere today… i can’t wait to take pics of it outside tomorrow.

-- Zwinger von Kleiner Feuerball German Shepherd Dogs

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 06:50 AM

dbhost-I honestlydont remember where I saw it. I just remember it was a picture of one and i sketched it and designed it to fit my bandsaw! once I managed to get the chestnut cleaned up it was very pretty and has tons of character! I was told the wood had been on the barn for about 80 years! Thats what I was told anyway!

Thank you everyone for all the good comments!
I even appreciate all the smart @$$ ones too!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 06:54 AM

Its ok we can get some more Shellac this weekend!
The rest of the coats will be poly anyway!

-- dumpster diver delux

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 07:40 AM

Very nice box. It is very well done and unique.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 02-18-2011 08:02 AM

I know where you got the Idea…...Straight line designs makes a dresser called “Cracked” Here is a link
Yours is really cool !

-- Jeff

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#12 posted 02-18-2011 12:27 PM

Great interpretation of a humorous treatment of a problem we’ve all had, a bad crack.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#13 posted 02-18-2011 04:17 PM

very nifty. my grand-daughters would really like something like this. heck, anyone would! :) nice project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 02-26-2011 09:30 PM

you need to put up a new picture with the shiny finish on it. it looks super cool

-- Zwinger von Kleiner Feuerball German Shepherd Dogs

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