Birdseye Maple box

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Project by trasner posted 10-18-2011 09:20 PM 1891 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple box. It is approx 6” x 8”. I used Birdseye Maple and walnut for the sides and base. I used a homemade box joint jig for the joints. I am a little absent minded sometimes when it comes to my keys, wallet, etc, so I use it to put my “stuff” away when I get home. I wasn’t going to post it because I didn’t think it was fancy or very inspirational. However, when I put the Shellac finish on it, I the Birdseye Maple just popped and was so stunning that I just wanted to share it. Thanks for looking.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 09:55 PM

That is some pretty stunning birds eye. I wish I could find some boards like that!

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 10:02 PM

Nice work. I’m currently working on a box made from curly maple….been trying to decide what finish to use…..might just try some shellac!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 10:03 PM

You are right this box certainly does “POP” and I love it when my projects does that! I am glad you posted this, Thanks.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 10:06 PM

Nice Box !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 10:23 PM

That birdseye looks crazy! what shellac did you use? thanks!

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 10:41 PM

I used 3 coats of good old Zinsser clear shellac straight from the rattle can.

-- Todd

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 12:01 AM

Looks very good.

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 12:12 AM

One word – STUNNING!!!

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 12:17 AM

That is the most birdseye-y piece of maple I’ve seen! Wonderful!

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#10 posted 10-19-2011 12:26 AM

great job….

-- I often wonder "how did I get this lucky?"..t rec

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#11 posted 10-19-2011 01:28 AM

Great Looking Box Todd!!
That is some Fantastic Maple, Wow!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 10-19-2011 05:04 AM

Great color! I want to build a humidor similar to that… well done.

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti --

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#13 posted 10-22-2011 08:00 PM

Eye like it!

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#14 posted 01-01-2013 03:04 AM

now that’s what I want my birdseye box to look like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#15 posted 01-01-2013 03:22 AM

Very nice!!!
I just picked up a bunch of BirdsEye Maple

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