Spalted Wormy Redbud

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Project by jaykaypur posted 05-22-2012 02:07 AM 1166 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made as a gift for a couple’s wedding on June 2nd. I hope they like it. The box is redbud with a sassafras bottom. The box measures 10’’ x 10’’ x 5’’ and has 3/4’’ square blocks tucked under the bottom to give it a lift. This is, in my opinion, the best box I have made to date. I really took my time with this and I had a NEW table saw—first real table saw—to work with. I am still learning as I go and do the best I can.

I did all my miters (a first for me) on the table saw. That saw (Rigid) was spot on the money as far as accuracy of the cuts went. Pic’s #2 and #5 are of the box before any finish was applied. The finish is Howards feed-n-wax and then buffed real good. I did learn that waxing wormy wood is a task I really dont care to do again any time soon. Had to use Q-tips to get the wax in all the holes! LOL

I may add some Patron hinges to it but that’s an after-thought I had after seeing Monte’s latest box post. The pic of the couple on the underside of the lid was my first after-thought and it turned out okay. I may just leave well enough alone. As someone once said…when it’s done..STOP!

Thanks for looking and any and all comments are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 02:23 AM


Nice job. Congrads on your new saw. A round picture in a square hole…what is that about? Interesting personal touch. I find poly flows nicely in the worm holes. I especially like that you took time to make some useful internal parts for this box. Have you tried splines yet? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 02:39 AM

Thanks Boxguy. I have not yet tried splines but have been thinking on them! Took me a while to get around to doing miters. Still on the low end of that learnin’ curve but getting better with each project.

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

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 03:23 AM

Very cool nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 10:51 AM

Really like that redbud and your finish looks great. I’m sure they will enjoy it for years to come.

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

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 11:42 AM

That wood is sooooo gorgeous.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 05:57 PM

another great job..glad to see you got your saw
superb originality the drawer and inside
good mitres and trim

-- KOOG plan today...survive tommorow

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 09:28 PM

Nice job Jay, i really like this box, excellent job.

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

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 11:03 PM

What a sweet looking gift. I’m sure the happy couple will be proud to display this in their home!

I really like the natural qualities you kept in the wood.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 12:37 PM

A real beaut indeed. I like how you did the dividers inside.

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

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 04:05 PM

Impressive box and beautiful wood.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 05-24-2012 10:49 AM

I like making “rustic” looking boxes too. I’ve been doing this awhile now and I’m still blown away by how crazy and amazing wood can be. I like this box alot! Make yourself a spline jig and go for it – you won’t be sorry.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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