Redbud Box

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Project by jaykaypur posted 05-06-2012 11:52 PM 1371 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this several weeks ago and I’m really not that happy with it. I got it from my sister’s home-place. She has a HUGE redbud there but one of the trunks had died several years ago and I got to thinking and figured…what the heck….let’s see what happens. The wood was great to work with.

The box measures 8’‘L x 6’‘W x 4 1/2’‘H. My goal was to leave a live edge all around the top and it basically worked out but one piece of a corner did chip off. Oh well…....there is always the next box! I used a wax on it and it really made the grain pop out on this wood. Thanks for looking.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 12:02 AM

Wow! This is really unique. The lid with the built-in handle w/natural edge, very, very kool! The grains, and everything about this box is very kool.

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

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:06 AM

Wow, nice! I’m not familiar with redbud but it sure is a nice looking wood. I really like the live edge around the top, and cutting the thumb piece to lift it open is a really nice touch. Thanks for sharing :)

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:36 AM

That’s the first redbud project I have ever seen. It looks like interesting wood and you did a good job with yours.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 12:47 AM

Wonderful work on the box. First time I seen some live edge on one. Great


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#5 posted 05-07-2012 12:57 AM

another nice box…skills are definitely improving
great use of available wood and thought

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 01:04 AM

Great project, love the live edge

-- Norman

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 01:27 AM

i really like your box, ive also used red bud and i really love the wood, to me its much like walnut and has some very nice figure to it, i like how the lid has the small area of live edge that is attached, dont dislike it for the chipped out area, all of our boxes have there own character and this is a really fine box….

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

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 02:09 AM

I look at this board a lot but I rarely (almost never) comment on anything. Couldn’t resist on this one. Redbud! (good luck finding a few board feet of that), sister’s tree, live edges, knob integrated in the edge, fabulous looking finish… this is really an awesome project… thanks for sharing.

#9 posted 05-07-2012 03:57 AM

I really like using live edge myself very nice box

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 09:35 AM

I am not really sure why your not happy with it. I personally think it looks great. I planted a redbud in my yard because I love those early spring flowers. I have never considered what the wood would look like. After seeing this I wouldn’t be surprised to see it used a little more often. Excellent job on the box and excellent job thinking outside the box and using a wood we don’t normally hear about in woodworking.


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#11 posted 05-07-2012 10:26 AM

this is also the first redbud project iv’e seen and wow its beautiful.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#12 posted 05-07-2012 10:38 AM

“The biggest critic is yourself” Nice box, I like the live edge idea and the wood looks great. Good job!

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#13 posted 05-07-2012 10:46 AM

Wow, even finding a large Redbud is something here in NE Alabama. I know of only a few. Beautiful box.

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#14 posted 05-07-2012 01:50 PM

Great job! Nice design with the live edge.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#15 posted 05-07-2012 02:08 PM

love the look nice box

-- Nimkee** Joe

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