Spalted Maple Box

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Project by Laserdude posted 1176 days ago 968 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never knew what Spalted Maple was until I was given a dingy 4 foot log. After I cut it open with my chain saw I could not believe how cool the mold affected the grain of the Hard Maple. I am now a huge fan of this wood condition!

-- Dave

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#1 posted 1176 days ago

Nice execution on the wrap around grain. Did you use mitered butt joints and is the top as solid piece?

Handsome box

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#2 posted 1176 days ago

Yes the corners are mitered butt joints. I numbered the pieces when I resaw the wood. I always try very hard to match the grain. The entire box & top is made from solid wood.

-- Dave

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#3 posted 1176 days ago

Seriously? Did you just say butt joints? Well, anyway…..I think the box is great.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#4 posted 1176 days ago

Nice design. the grain flow is an eye catcher.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 1176 days ago

I am not an expert with joint terminology, but they are mitered.

-- Dave

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#6 posted 1175 days ago

Well done, I love spalted wood adds so much character…

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

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#7 posted 1175 days ago

I had the same exact experience as you did. I was cutting up some small maple logs that had been sitting outside for a couple years and discovered that they were spalted. I brought them in, milled them and I to used for boxes.

I am a big fan of spalted maple, especially when used on small things like boxes. Nice box, hopefully you have enough to make some more.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 1163 days ago

Beautiful and Majestic Box, Very tasteful use of the spalted Maple, fine construction and balance of proportions, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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