Wormy Elm with Walnut Hinge/Splines

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Project by gfadvm posted 04-05-2012 10:37 PM 2310 views 9 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first experience with Oklahoma elm and dovetail splines. The elm was kind of ‘stringy’ but worked well. I really like the grain pattern and color. First dovetail splines and they weren’t as easy as I thought but came out well. I filled the wormy areas on the outside of the box and left them on the inside. Walnut ‘Shipwright’ hinge is 3/8” thick. Finished with shellac and wax.

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

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 10:43 PM

Andy…That box is dowwnright beautiful…The wood grain is spectacular and the wood hinges seem to get better and better. I like the dovetail splines…they add a nice touch… It sure seems like you are having fun making boxes.

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 10:44 PM

You are on a roll with these wonderful boxes. Another great looking box. I love the grain and the finish is right on the spot.

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 10:47 PM

Glen: Did you make the box sides first then cut it into a top & bottom? I love the look of the off color dovetail. Very Very nice

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 10:48 PM

very beautiful box, of coarse i always enjoy wooden hinges…

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 10:54 PM

Spectacular grain in that Elm and the DT splines add a nice touch of class to your project , along with that awesome hinge : )

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 11:02 PM

Very nice wood and box. The elm has great grain. Practice makes perfect!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 11:04 PM

Impressive work, sure looks nice

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#8 posted 04-05-2012 11:21 PM

You’re one of my favorite artisans. Love your work, always tastefully done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 04-05-2012 11:39 PM

clean and crisp andy

very nice

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 11:55 PM

you made elm jump! Wow!

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#11 posted 04-06-2012 12:01 AM

wonderful box it beautiful

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#12 posted 04-06-2012 12:04 AM

great job andy and i am happy to see you going into dovetail land.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#13 posted 04-06-2012 12:05 AM

Very nice, Andy. Very clean, and nice hinge.

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

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#14 posted 04-06-2012 12:25 AM

That is a really nice box Andy, and the grain and colors are just right. Very well done.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#15 posted 04-06-2012 12:25 AM

very incredible Andy. Wow! Luv those dovetail splines and the grain/s….. don’t get any better than this

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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