Red Oak and Mahogany Box

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Project by Kram79 posted 12-24-2011 04:51 AM 2934 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Uncle was kind enough to give me a whole bunch of Red oak he had milled from some trees that fell in an ice storm a couple years ago. I intend to put a bunch of it to use making the stair treads in my home. First though I wanted to make something for their home. I unfortunately was unable to do much woodworking the last couple of years as I awaited my second major back surgery. Once the surgery was done though this was my first project. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at building some boxes so I made 3 at once from plans out of Woodsmith. The sides and the frame to the top are Red oak. The splines are Black Walnut and I used a mahogany veneer on both sides of the top. The veneer has a maple striped inlay that frames it on the outside. This was my first time veneering and I have a feeling I will be doing a lot more of this, especially since I want to incorporate waterfall bubinga into a project soon. I finished it with Danish oil and a couple coats of polyurethane on the outside. I really like the chain that prevents the top from over opening (not sure if I caught it in the photos)

-- You can never have enough tools

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 05:00 AM

Really nice work. I made a few of these when that issue came out. They are fun to do, aren’t they. People really like them too.
You did yourself proud. They really are beautiful.

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

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 05:07 AM

Yes I really liked making them. Though when I used the screws on the lid the first screw popped through the top. I had to go through and snip all the other brass screws to prevent it from happening again. But that just gave me an excuse to keep that one for myself to store all the turned pens I make…or rather all the mistake pens I make lol

-- You can never have enough tools

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 05:26 AM

Cool boxes

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 05:30 AM

Really nice, thanks for posting

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 07:08 AM

Beautiful boxes, beautiful woods, beautiful job. Be proud of your work.. you have every right to be. Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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#6 posted 12-24-2011 07:17 AM

Nice work!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 05:04 PM

This is one of the nicer straight-on box designs around. And it works well with oak. Not as easy as it may sound. They look nice.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 10:05 PM

Those are very nice

-- Vince

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