spalted oak box

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Project by grizzman posted 11-23-2011 11:16 PM 2032 views 3 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a simple spalted oak box made for a friend, he commissioned me to make one box for each of his children, he has seven, this is box number 5, its made of red oak and the top is a piece of spalted oak and it has a 1/8 line of padauk that goes around the bottom, since it was a butt joint and i had a datto for the bottom, i needed a way to cover or hide the datto coming through the front, so u cut the datto all around and filled it with padauk, i glued a piece of walnut onto the back so it had a stronger piece of wood for the hinges to be attached to, the bottom of the box is a pretty piece of walnut i had laying around, it was only 1 /8 inches thick, but to pretty to burn or discard…so it made a nice bottom for this box, i cut a datto for the bottom to rest in , so its secure…the finish i gave this was about 6 coats of gloss lacquer , so over all i think it came out pretty good, oh the end pieces came from a piece of firewood, i milled it on the table saw into some nice boards and used it, i got one side nice and flat on my jointer , then i got the other sides done in the planer, then to the table saw…i love finding good wood in firewood and milling it up….its all about WOOD WORK…, thank you very much for taking the time to check out this project…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 11:22 PM

It’s a beautiful piece, Grizz! I love spalted wood. This is really a winner!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 11:25 PM

What a great looking box. I really like the natural looking lip for a handle.

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 11:27 PM

All your friends are surely spoilt.. I really enjoy reading about your exploits in the fire wood pile … such fine pieces from firewood… amazing.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 11:42 PM

Very cool… my kinda wood.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 12:04 AM

I’m with Larry, but I would like to know who your firewood merchant is ?? :: ))))
Great organic / natural look to it Grizz, great job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 12:23 AM

You have created a wonderful rustic box. Looks like it was made 100 years ago by a colonial craftsman. You have given me some ideas as to the spalted black birch I just found. Nice work.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 12:30 AM

Beautiful spalted oak box.

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 12:36 AM

Great looking box. Inspiration, imagination and creativity have not limit! You got it! Thanks.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 12:39 AM

You did good Grizz man very good .pretty creative techniques and use of wood. I like it big time.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-24-2011 12:47 AM

Excellent design grizzman. I really like the rustic appearance you gave it and there is no doubt that your friends seven kids will cherish them….................................................................

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#11 posted 11-24-2011 12:48 AM

Really good use of the wood, great job.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 11-24-2011 01:09 AM

Really nice work Grizz. Your friend will be quite proud of your work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 11-24-2011 01:50 AM

I like the natural edged top Grizz. A great box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 11-24-2011 02:31 AM

thank you everyone…these are the type of projects i like, i love to use the old salvaged wood, it speaks to me of its age, and seems to have its own beautiful patina…thank you again…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 11-24-2011 04:23 AM

Grizz, as a fellow firewood scavenger I commend you for your latest creation. It does have that very old look like it was made 100 years ago. Seven children??? That makes me tired just thinking about raising that many kids! I’ll bet they all learn how to work and grow up to be responsible citizens. Regards.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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