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Project by Don posted 01-31-2007 09:33 AM 3377 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is being made for a friend in California. It will eventually have one of my wooden hinges, but I thought that you might like to see it before I finish it.

The wood is Iron Bark. It comes from fence posts that were taken down dividing our neighbor’s property from ours. Apparently, this fence has been in place for about 40 years. The end panels are considerably darker than the front and rear panel. The color in the pictures is fairly accurate. Interestingly, both the front and end panels were cut out of the same post which was about 1 meter in length.

There is no rot, but the pitch veins have completely dried out leaving brittle black pitch that is falling out in some places. I’ve patched this with an epoxy graphite mix. The bottom is Huon Pine which I’ve written about in a number of my blogs and projects.

Obviously, the joinery is the common box joint which I’ve pinned with bamboo ‘nails’. The bottom is held in place with pine wedges. The wedges are glued, but the bottom is free to expand and contract. I’ve never seen this done, so it was a bit of an experiment for me. What do you guys think?

The lid was cut free from the base after I the box joints were assembled. I did this on my TS by cutting around the box leaving a paper thin strip of wood which I cut with a knife to free the lid. This assures that the cut is clean and parallel with the top.

There is a preliminary coat of Tung Oil on the box, but I haven’t turned my attention to finishing yet. I intentionally leave natural features showing in wood like knots, holes and dried out pitch veins. My next step is to insert a veneered Ash burl panel in the lid.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/





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oscorner

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#1 posted 01-31-2007 09:39 AM

I like the contrast and the look of the bamboo nails with the common box joint. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 01-31-2007 11:13 AM

Don, I like your box. Very interesting wood. I like the grain and detail from the pitch streaks. Wedging the bottom is a very interesting and unique approach. This will be a treasure for your friend!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 01-31-2007 02:38 PM

I like your box more than everybody else. I’m without words. It’s beautiful. I like the bamboo nails, and the vein that runs through the front panel, and the box joints. I can’t wait to see the hinges. I’m tearing …

Yeah, what a lucky friend you have.

May the blessings of the Most High Consume you.

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#4 posted 01-31-2007 03:01 PM

Thanks for the feedback – still wondering about those bottom panel wedges, though.

Also, you may be wondering about the thickness of the sides of the box. Normally, I like to make my boxes with wood that is about 12mm thick. This one is 15, but because I’m shipping this overseas, I wanted it to be strong to stand up to the rigors of shipping.

More to come in a few days.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 01-31-2007 03:13 PM

Iron bark … so how hard is that? And to be able to withstand 40 years as a fence post, that should make it pretty well “seasoned”.

I just ran a search … some type of eucalyptus so that makes it harder than hickory… should be able to handle the trip

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#6 posted 01-31-2007 04:36 PM

I think the contrasting panels and box joints look wonderful. Were those cut on the table saw as well?

Great job Don.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#7 posted 02-01-2007 12:56 AM

No , Bill, I did the box joints on an Incra Jig. I do all of my box joints on this jig. I do my dovetail joint on this jig and by hand. I find that I can do them by hand as fast as using this jig, but only do so when I want a dovetail joint that looks different than I can do on a jig.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#8 posted 02-01-2007 01:07 AM

Quote Obi: “ron bark … so how hard is that?”

Here’s what I found on Iron Bark.

One of the most widely planted eucalypts, this has moderately hard and heavy wood (sp. grav. 0.51) which is strong but brittle and stiff, elastic, coarse-textured, and fairly straight-grained but with some interlocking. Difficult to season and split, it works well and takes a good polish, and is durable in contact with the ground. The wood is employed in general construction, for underground piling, utility poles, fence posts, and firewood. An attractive ornamental honey-producing tree, it is also planted as a windbreak. The plant is used as an insecticide in China.

And in folk medicine: Reported to be preventative, swamp mahogany is a folk remedy for abscesses, boils, cellulites, colds, dysentery, encephalitis, enteritis, erysipelas, flu, gangrene, mastitis, and sores

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#9 posted 02-01-2007 04:15 AM

A plant that is its own insecticide… that’s great. I also love how the Eucalyptus is poisonous, yet the Koala has built up an immunity to it, thereby not having competition for food, or bugs in their fur. But I digress…

I think the wedges on the bottom is a very clever solution. should work (and hold up) nicely. The Bamboo nails are great too (speaking of sturdy) this box is nearly bomb (and termite) proof! Can’t wait to see the final result.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 02-01-2007 05:02 AM

Scott, neither can I. I sure envy that friend of yours.

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#11 posted 02-01-2007 05:09 AM

Quote Obi: I sure envy that friend of yours.

Michael, I wouldn’t want to be the originator of envy. Perhaps I will keep it for myself.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#12 posted 02-01-2007 05:55 AM

too late, you’ve already promised it:P

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#13 posted 02-01-2007 09:03 AM

I’ve been known to change my mind. LOL.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#14 posted 02-02-2007 05:28 AM

Don, very nice. I like the weges holding the bottom. It’s a detail that I would use selectively but it fits very well with this piece. If you want the detail at the bottom to be more like a cloud lift, radius the sharp transition to the “foot” (from the “vertical” part of the cloud lift to the lower horizontal part).

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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#15 posted 02-03-2007 07:07 AM

Will do. I know my California friend will like that too.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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