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Project by Dallas posted 944 days ago 2563 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always seem to have a bunch of scrap laying around and I just hate tossing it into the fire.

This is a box I put together before I had a planer or a decent table saw. The junk on the top is sawdust and kitty fur where one of the cats was trying to take a nap, I used no glue and no nails or brads, just rabbets, dadoes and butt joints with the odd home made dowel here and there. The dowels are 1/8” made from BBQ skewers from China… about the only thing that didn’t come from here.
The finish is Tung Oil with 3 coats of Minwax Helmsman Satin Poly over the top.

The top is Loblolly pine, the sides are Osage Orange and the drawer fronts are East Texas Dark Cedar. The back, bottom and the drawer boxes are made from Sycamore.

All this wood is from fallen branches or standing dead trees here on the property, and I am pretty much just learning how to put things together and make them come out somewhat like I planned.

I wanted pictures of the drawer slides, but the camera went dead and the wife didn’t have any more batteries. The drawer slides are made from black walnut sap wood that I cut dove tails into.

Maybe when I get a little more acquainted with my new table saw and planer I’ll try again.

PS: Wayne, I did all the planing on this box with the Stanley 5 1/2H, LOL. No, It’s NOT for sale!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!





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WayneC

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#1 posted 944 days ago

Nice looking boxes. :) Not wanting you to sell it as much to be aware of how special of a plane it is….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 944 days ago

Looks great and I agree hard not use it for some other than the firepit.

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

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Dallas

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#3 posted 943 days ago

Wayne, I agree, if I find a tool that is as comfortable to use as this, it wouldn’t be for sale at any price. I spent too many years trying to use junk not to appreciate it when I get a good one… especially when I can get it at a low cost!

Ken, I have a real problem tossing nice wood into the fire. I always try to find a way to incorporate it into something!
At this point, I’ve got some thin slabs of Chinaberry that I’m gonna make into worry boxes for the MiL and FiL as they have some medical problems that need to be taken care of. Both are in their 80’s and have never had a medical problem before…. not even a sniffle.

I have chunks of nice wood that I need to toss, but it just needs to get through to my brain that I can’t build anything out of it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dave

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#4 posted 828 days ago

Dallas a wonderful build. You used Osage Orange, man that stuff will eat plane blades like tater chips. I love the box is one of a kind and all from your property and scraps. I am in the processed of doing about the same thing. Taling wood I have and building a tool box. I hope mine comes out as well as yours.
A horse apple tree does not play. You know the apples are a great natural roach repellant.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dallas

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#5 posted 828 days ago

Thanks Dave, That Bodark is the reason my el-cheapo table saw met it’s maker and I was forced to get a newer, bigger, better one.

Funny thing about that box…
It sits at the end of our love seat and has never had anything in it. One of the cats is the only user and he just takes a nap on top of it.

I still have most of an Osage Orange tree to take down, but there is a 5th Wheel camper in that space right now and I’d be afraid of having the tree fall the wrong way.

In the meantime I’m playing with my cedar logs and trying to figure out how I can get a monster chinaberry tree down without ripping down the power lines.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dave

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#6 posted 828 days ago

Wow you need a 5 beta capa monkey with a chainsaw. Good luck. I wonder what china berry wood looks like..

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dallas

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#7 posted 828 days ago

Chinaberry is a type of mahogany, but is strangely striped. I’ll see if I can get some pictures of a little of it that I cut from a downed limb.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dave

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#8 posted 828 days ago

Why thank you very much.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dallas

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#9 posted 827 days ago

Dave, here are some photo’s of Chinaberry wood. This is from a small piece that I hadn’t cut open yet.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Dave

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#10 posted 827 days ago

Man the things I could build with that stuff. That there is sum purdy wood..
Thank you for posting. Now I know what happens when you plant berries in china;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 827 days ago

Wow just found this ,great looking wood and drawered box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dallas

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#12 posted 827 days ago

This was from a rotted limb. I can’t wait to see what is in the middle of the trunk. The butt is about 4’ across and straight in a Vee for about 16 feet. I’m sure there is a lot of rot in the trunk also, but I should be able to save some of it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Danpaddles

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#13 posted 804 days ago

I think that chinaberry wood is kinda pulpy, not stable. Not sure I’d build much with it. But don’t believe me- do a google search.

I know it doesn’t burn worth a damn.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Roger

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#14 posted 791 days ago

very kool. I’d like ta see a few pics on your slides

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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rlance

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#15 posted 635 days ago

Dallas….Out of curiosity, what is your connection to the 9th Infantry ?? I was in the 2nd/60th of the 9th in Vietnam.

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