Shaker Box for my wife

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Project by Karson posted 02-28-2012 05:00 PM 2323 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 4 Shaker boxes for my adult children for Christmas, but I didn’t make one for my wife.

She let me know about that. But, I told her that I only had cut wood for 4 boxes and I could make hers anytime and not for Christmas. That seemed to keep the frying pans in the drawer.

So here is the box that I made her.

This is some Ambrosia Maple that a few pieces had some burl and some tiger maple stripes. Her box doesn’t have any of that. Just a nice distinctive Ambrosia maple stripes.

This wood is caused by the Ambrosia beetle. He/she burros into the tree and back out. Many time you will see two holes close to each other. An entry and an exit hole. Later a fungus invades the tunnel in the tree and leaves a blackcoating on the walls of the tunnel.

As sap goes up and down the tree it causes the colored streaks in the wood. Some of them can be quite long. I’ve got some pieces of stump wood that is almot totally colored.

The spline is some Eucalyptus wood that I got from Ira. It is a beautiful pink color. You cannot see the bees wing pattern in these small piece of wood but they are beautiful.

Because the sides of this box are only 3/8” thick I was only able to make a single spline and not a double spline like I showed in my Christmas Boxes.

The top is Maple Burl that came from one of my wood gloats about 4 years ago.

All 4 corners of the box have matching streaks. This was made from one board that was resawn to give the pieces for the 4 sides.

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

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 05:08 PM

beautiful. a great example how using the board to create a perfect match on the corners makes all the difference.

a box with a lot of character Karson.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 05:28 PM

That is Gorgeous, can imagine a number of images in the wood, all beautiful, fine craftsmanship and tasteful artistic composition, plus You are always giving nice things to nice people, what could be better, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 05:30 PM

What beautiful wood! You must have gained many plus points for this!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 05:38 PM

Hey Karson
These all look great ,you used some of your wow wood ,Beautiful.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 05:39 PM

Very nice Karson.
What a classic design with a wonderful wood.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 05:56 PM

Love that ambrosia….pretty box.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 06:15 PM

straight forward clean work

accented by some gorgeous wood

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 06:23 PM

A beautiful and visually interesting piece.

Great job !

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 07:35 PM

Very good!

That box looks better than the others!
... must be the wood…


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 07:37 PM

Beautiful job, Karson.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 07:46 PM

Karson this box is beautiful and I love the wood. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 08:38 PM

Great box – simple design with awesome execution to let the wood itself be the focus. Really really nice.

And thanks for the explanation on how the coloring occurred – I learn tons of new stuff every day on here.

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 09:04 PM

I agree with David on this one Karson, keep it simple & let the timber do the talking, well done

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

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 10:52 PM

Very interesting effect that beetle left Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 02-29-2012 02:46 AM

Beautiful, I have used ambrosia maple before and I always like the streaking caused by the insect, I think it fives the wood more character.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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