Walnut, Maple, Wooden Hinges

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Project by gfadvm posted 05-11-2012 12:30 AM 2046 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut, birdseye maple. Dimensions:12×7x4 1/2”. Finish: BLO, shellac, Renissance Wax. Patron hinges. The beautiful burled walnut came from a local stair shop that was closing ($2 a BF). The ‘highly figured’ birdseye was an intrenet rip off for $25.50 a BF. And included the dark pith that ran almost full thickness the length of the board! BUT, I really like the way the box turned out.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 12:33 AM

Like this one a lot. Beautiful wood.

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

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 12:36 AM

That’s hot Andy, you can’t go wrong with walnut and maple. Another job well done.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 12:46 AM

well andy this is a another beautiful box, i love walnut, but i cant believe you paid that kind of money for that wood, wow, well i guess lesson learned there, but the box is really nice, or is this a dresser…or a entertainment center…lol…...surly its not a box…

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

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 12:52 AM

Very nice Andy. I thought you only used ‘found’ wood? the defect in the Maple was well placed. the Walnut was a very nice find. I need to try those hinges.

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

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 01:07 AM

Beautiful box. very nice!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 05-11-2012 01:58 AM

That walnut is some beautiful wood for your great looking box. At $2 a bd ft I hope you cleaned out their inventory. Maple and walnut always make for a great combination.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 02:07 AM

Wow..that is a pretty box!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-11-2012 02:23 AM

Andy, I really like the beautiful walnut you have on this box. It is spectacular wood. I see you have moved from interlocking joints to splines on your latest two boxes. That should let you wrap the grain around three sides of your box though I can’t tell from the photos. I take it that the corners are 45ed. Could be the photo, but it looks like the “feet” are getting a little higher. What happened to the rounded edges you had on the mesquite box? That rounding works well with splines too. As always, it is a pleasure to see what you are doing in the shop. Thanks for sharing. I must be pretty dense, but I can’t figure out what BLO is .

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-11-2012 03:06 AM

Big Al- Blo=Boiled Linseed Oil. I do as many splined miters as box joints. It just kind of depends on the wood and the box design as far as which I use. I rarely round edges more than 1/8” roundover.The feet on this box are actually shorter than usual (1/4” instead of 1/2”). The camera angle made them look longer? Greg- I bought all the walnut he had (and 220 BF of Jatoba at the same price). Thanks all for the nice comments. I appreciate it coming from my fellow LJs.

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

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#10 posted 05-11-2012 04:21 AM

Another beauty, Andy! You’re good and have gotten gooder; soon to be goodest! :>

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 05:01 AM

Nice box Andy.
Love that walnut, it is spectacular.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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Arlin Eastman

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#12 posted 05-11-2012 05:23 AM

Andy congrats on another wonderful box.

Also great buy on the walnut and Jatoba very good price.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#13 posted 05-11-2012 10:30 AM

Beautiful work and choice of woods. Are you selling your work?

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

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#14 posted 05-11-2012 11:17 AM

great box andy, i think the edges should just be slightly broken to give it straiter lines. the birds eye looks great and i think if you would have resawed the birdseye and inlaid it into the top and sides and front with about a 1 inch border all the way around not to interfear with the splines then take a 1/8th straight router bit do a 1/8th by 1/8th quirk where the walnut meets the maple that would really pop just my opinion and i hope you dont take offence to this. your boxes keep getting better and better and this really shows on this box. i think your becoming one of the best box builders on this site. the zebra wood goes well with the walnut as well.

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

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#15 posted 05-11-2012 12:14 PM

I like this choice of woods, and you used the patron hinges that are so much better than typical metal hardware. Very nicely done.

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

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