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Project by gfadvm posted 12-21-2011 04:24 PM 1818 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my buddies (Kenny) salvaged a bunch of leftover oak flooring and brought me 5 barrels of pieces that were too small or to bad to use (for my wood stove). I have been burning the split, warped, etc but some are too pretty to burn. This is the first burled oak I have seen and I love knots, ‘defects’, and unusual grain so I made these. They are 8×8x3”, have the ‘hybrid/no drill’ hinges, and are finished with BLO and Renissance wax.

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

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 04:33 PM

Looks like your addiction to boxes is as bad as my addiction to my lathe and bowls, the good thing about
this season is that it makes it easy to give away the excess before we get so many that it gets to be a
storage problem, with boxes that look as good as yours the people on the receiving end will be real happy
to get them. A friend gave me some cherry leftovers that are too thin for my lathe, so I may have to try
some of those boxes. Thank you for sharing, and hope you have a great Christmas and New Years.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 04:45 PM

Those are really pretty, Andy. Gorgeous grain on them! Can’t wait til my shop is set up & I can make some of those.

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society -

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 04:50 PM

Andy, those are FANTASTIC. I too love knots. You’ve done really good with these. I really love that hinge too. Keep up the recycling.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 04:54 PM

Beautiful boxes, love the hinges. The wilder the the wood the funner the project. Thanks for inspiring us all. Merry Christmas. Bob

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 05:13 PM

These are nice, and there’s nothing like free wood.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 05:15 PM

Nice job, Looking good.

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

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 07:55 PM

I also love that narrly grain of Oak.

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 10:04 PM

They look great … the hinge looks good.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 01:26 AM

How very true.. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. These are beautiful boxes. I’ve been bitten by the box bug myself, made a few and looking forward to making more once I finish my current project of making a veneer press. Congrats on your lovely boxes and Merry Christmas.


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#10 posted 12-22-2011 04:53 AM

Its great when you have wood with some character. Those are great boxes especially the hinge.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 12-22-2011 07:00 AM

Wow! That looks good! It’s hard to believe you made those out of those scaps!

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#12 posted 12-23-2011 07:09 AM

Great use of the free wood! We really like the way you incorporated the feet. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 01-23-2012 07:22 PM

I like the natural character of this wood and how you have made something very handsome out of scraps.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#14 posted 01-23-2012 07:30 PM

I second everybody else’s thoughts.

Really beautiful projects, and you CANNOT BEAT the Cost of Good Sold :-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 01-23-2012 07:35 PM


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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