Recipe Box

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Project by BillyD posted 12-30-2011 08:13 AM 1639 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recipe box that I made recently. This is the third box I’ve made and the first one using hinges. I’m still learning but happy that it’s somewhat presentable.
The top is made of cherry, the mitered keys are maple and the body is a mystery scrap wood that I got from my father-in-law. I ended up giving it to my nephew and his wife as a gift. I also included a jar of homemade jalapeno pepper jelly in the box as a bonus.

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 08:33 AM

Gorgeous! Love the texture of the mystery wood. What did you finish it with?

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 11:34 AM

Great idea I need to make one of these for Blondie, shes always cooking while I’m in the shop. Nice idea.

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

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 02:47 PM

Beautiful box.
I love it.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 04:19 PM

Really nice recipe box,well done.

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 04:29 AM

Simple but classy. Very nice. Mitered keys look much darker than maple. Were they stained?

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 04:31 AM

Nice box really like mitered splines

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 05:39 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 04:31 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Linjay – you’re correct, that’s not maple. I wasn’t sure why I was thinking it was – probably because I’m not so successfully working on a dovetailed box with maple.

I believe its actually Honduras rosewood. This gives me more reason to keep to 2 of my goals: get better at identifying wood and keeping a notebook handy to keep notes while I’m working on a project.

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#9 posted 01-01-2012 04:40 AM

Tokolosi – I used a tung oil finish.

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