another round of boxes finished.

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Project by robert triplett posted 03-06-2012 12:14 AM 1833 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While not as detailed as some of the boxes I admire on this site, I am getting a lot done. The first is a Mahogany box with a top of Quilted maple. John Ormsby in Sacramento talked me into taking this piece of wood that was the outside cut on a quilted log. He thought it had promise and I agreed. The mahogany came from a guy’s Dad’s old stash, maybe 40 years old. No idea what type, but it is a nice chocolate brown. An 11’ 2×6! The next box is Lacewood with a top of Madrone Burl. This came from Oregon Burls. It is a warped gnarly piece that my bandsaw did not like. The last is Redwood with a top of Redwood burl. Again, simple designs that use nice wood. It’s one way to work fast!! All have Watco Danish Oil. Thanks for the ‘UGLY’ wood John.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 12:18 AM

wow these are great boxes with woods to die for. just spectacular .

-- Custom furniture

#2 posted 03-06-2012 12:35 AM

Great job Robert Lov the wood.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 01:14 AM

Just when you thought you seen em all… Great looks.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 01:16 AM

Wow those are really great; you have a good eye for wood. It’s good to see someone can build nice boxes; last weekend I churned out a total disaster of what will never be a box unless I figure out some miracle for it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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robert triplett

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 01:23 AM

Don, you have to learn to see design opportunities! My first ones never saw the outside of my shop until they saw the inside of my woodstove. Now I ‘fix’ things. I change lids, add details, etc. Mostly I pick nice wood to hide deficiencies.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 01:24 AM

You did an awesome job on the boxes. A lot of work and great selection of woods. Great fit and finish.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 02:03 AM

More VERY nice boxes Robert. I am very envious of the wood you use. I would love to have some of those but they are way outside the budget. Maybe I can find someone to trade finished boxes (mine) for some really cool wood (theirs)! Until the I’ll just keep raiding my firewood stock.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 03:10 AM

Great job Robert, Super quilted top. I have a few coveted pieces of it, but maybe a special build. They all look great.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 04:31 AM

Hi Robert, Nice looking boxes.
It’s good to see you were able to use that piece of quilt. I only have about 300 or 400 board feet of the quilt left. Still have thousands of feet of wild grained big leaf. Just not much quilt.
Also, I have been selling some of the other wood from the back garage. Slowly but surely. Although, not quite able to get the big leaf maple on the left side. Will let you know when it is available.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 05:46 AM

Wow, what beautiful wood, color and grain of all of them just jump out at you. Terrific boxes.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 12:19 PM

Wow, you are the Henry Ford of box making! You keep turning these beauties out. That is some beautiful wood you are using.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 05:03 PM

Sweet Looking Wood there !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 11:09 PM

Beautiful selection of wood. You put it together brilliantly!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#14 posted 06-29-2012 08:51 PM

good luck on your sales, what a beautiful set of boxes, you sure do get some beautiful woods…

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

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#15 posted 11-05-2013 06:00 AM

Intoxicating wood, and you done it proud.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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