Mystery Box With 'Patron' Hinges

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Project by gfadvm posted 03-16-2012 10:12 PM 3360 views 3 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest box project. Dimensions are 16”x10”x5”. Finish is 2 coats of Tung Oil Finish. Patron hinges are made of Hedge (Osage Orange/ Bois de Arc). I will entertain guesses as to what the box is made of but haven’t decided what the prize will be for correct answer!

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

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 10:18 PM

I believe that is bamboo. Great looking box

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 10:23 PM

Nice box, I agree with Joey, it does look like bamboo.

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

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#3 posted 03-16-2012 10:25 PM

My wife came over and corrected me. She says it’s tiger strand bamboo

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 03-16-2012 10:28 PM

im guessing bamboo myself….how far can the prize be stretched…or , maybe we are all wrong…but i dont think so…

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

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 10:29 PM

I have never worked with Bamboo, but it looks like what I think Bamboo should look like. Nice box anyway. I like the hinge detail. I have thought of orienting the wood grain in a vertical manner. I may have to try it.

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 10:32 PM

yep joey G HAS IT RIGHT …tiger strand…dead ringer….....

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

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 10:33 PM

that rill nice i like that wood

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 10:34 PM

Whatever wood it is, it sure looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 10:36 PM

Dont let word get out that its made of grass, not wood!! You’ll have management yanking this post before you can say Bamboo!

kidding of course :) Really cool box – I would like to work with bamboo someday!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#10 posted 03-16-2012 10:36 PM

Andy thats another super build, looks like some spalted beech I had a while back. Great looking hinges. I have been out in Cal., Oregon, And Washington on a vacation. Also took the time to shop for wood. It is all beautiful, so I bought a little of each, but none like that.

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

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#11 posted 03-16-2012 10:38 PM

You guys are a lot smarter than you look! 5 out of 5 correct answers. It is really cool looking and I had never seen it before. My buddy Clark from Wichita spent the winter building a restaurant in Neb. out of this and brought me some small scraps last weekend. It is suprisingly heavy, very hard, lots of slivers, but otherwise works like wood. It is 3/4” thick and I’m curious what will happen if I try to resaw it. It would then have the tiger pattern on only one side but that might make an interesting box. Thanks Patron for the very easy wooden hinge idea.

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

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#12 posted 03-16-2012 10:40 PM

Great looking box Andy. I have no idea what kind of wood you used. That was going to be the first thing I looked for when I clicked the mouse. Guess I’ll have to check back to found out. An even more important question is, what are you going to do with it?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#13 posted 03-16-2012 10:45 PM

I only knew what it is because every time our family goes to the big box store, I hear how I need use it for the dinning room floor. I may have to get to that project soon and buy a couple extra boxes of flooring so I can make boxes out of it. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#14 posted 03-16-2012 10:47 PM

good looking box Andy. I woulda been wrong with my guess of Cedar

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 03-16-2012 10:56 PM

I was getting ready to say bamboo and as I reat the other posts I noticed many others also guessed the same. I think you should email all of us some bamboo splinters…
By the way Andy…Great Box. I know you are having fun!

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