|Project by Karson||posted 02-28-2012 05:00 PM||2323 views||0 times favorited||24 comments|
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.
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