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Bible Boxes - 375 Year Old Quarter Sawn Oak

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 838 days ago 2151 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK – so we have obtained some 375 Year Old Quarter Sawn White Oak – that is the tree was estimated to be 375 years old and it was milled into lumber and slabs.These bible boxes are the first projects completed with this amazing old growth material. We’d love to reveal where the wood came from, but not yet – can’t hint who our clients are! Since the holidays have past, we can now at least show the boxes.

Twelve boxes were made – 11 completed for our client, one – well there was a screw up so the 12th is an error box someday destined to be perhaps the most valuable one!

The boxes are a standard design, assembled with dado joints and pegs. Wooden hinges are a prominent feature. Very basic mitered corners with floating panels – a spline in each corner to provide extra support on the joints. The hand carved cross on each lid provides the affiliation.

Very simple in design and form – but unique – RARE – in the fact that the material holds so much history. We love to work in antique and old growth materials.

Finish is garnet shellac and hand rubbed Waterlox Original Medium Sheen Tung Oil. Final rub with Renaissance wax!

Stay tuned, we have 8 slabs from this tree – and there is a LOT more lumber in storage for other pending projects. Stay tuned for more interesting projects appearing into 2012!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com





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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 838 days ago

Very nice work Eric.
Those came out splendid.
The grain is beautiful.
The carving and lid attachments are very nice as well.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 838 days ago

Very nice historical lumber. Boxes are well executed and look great. I am curious about your hinge technique, could you share a little more on how you do it?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#3 posted 838 days ago

Great looking boxes Eric and the old oak is spectacular.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work. http://www.FineArtBoxes.com

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Oldwest

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#4 posted 838 days ago

Great style with the classic look and the wood hightlighting the box.

When I see great wood like this I can only imagine how great it would
have been to work in that era as a woodworker. and what unique wood
was available to them at this time.

Thanks for creating a piece of art and showing how it would have looked 325 years ago.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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Maveric777

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#5 posted 838 days ago

Very nice! I love how they are freshly made yet hold a classic (or antique) feel to them. Two thumbs up!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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workerinwood

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#6 posted 838 days ago

Beautiful, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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pariswoodworking

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#7 posted 838 days ago

Amazing job. It looks great.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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doncutlip

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#8 posted 838 days ago

Gorgeous boxes, very appropriate use of that wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Paul Stoops

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#9 posted 838 days ago

Great job for an even greater future resident!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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grizzman

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#10 posted 838 days ago

those are very nice indeed, ive also thought of making some of those, here in the south, we have lots of religion..but those are so nice.. i like the carving in center…

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

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#11 posted 838 days ago

Hey we made the daily top 3 most viewed projects (top 1 at the moment!) in the last 24 hours!

Here’s a few images from a video shoot with this project … we’ll see when we can release that who knows?? ... Still working on the editing and submissions as a demo.

I’ll try to get some images of the hinges – my camera is going in for repair probably this week or next it’s having some issues so may be a bit of a delay before we get them taken and posted.

The hinges are really very simple – each is just one piece that screws to the lid hanging out beyond the sides of the box. The back pieces are mounted against the flat back of the box. The trick is figuring out exactly where to drill the holes for the dowels to get the alignment right for the lid to open and clear the back of the box and rest on the stops.

It’ll take a few times to get a pattern right, but once you get it you save one and use it as a pattern going forward.

We’ll find out if we can reveal where they went – probably not but it was a fun project to work on. We’re looking forward to working on the other oak slabs soon – designs are in progress. Probably a desk, a sideboard, several tables, etc.

That’s for the feedback!!

Eric

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 838 days ago

They look good

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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