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Project by JL7 posted 05-22-2012 11:33 PM 2656 views 13 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Maples…...Curly, Birdseye and Spalted.

These 3 are all the about the unique and interesting wood that is Maple. Functionally, these are not the greatest boxes, rather, rectangular bases to support cool wood… :) ..... and fun to build.

Pic 2 – Curly Hard Maple, Padauk sides, Purpleheart feet

Pic 3 – Birdseye Hard Maple, Rosewood sides, Wenge feet and Wenge bow-ties. Hey, the top is cracked…....

Pic 4 – Spalted Soft Maple, Ipe sides (I think), Jatoba feet

Finish is shellac, poly and wax.

Thanks for looking.

Update – By request – here are a couple more shots taken in the morning sun :)

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 11:36 PM

Beautiful BUT that spalted maple is exceptionally pretty. Very very nice piece.

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

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 11:42 PM

Three boxes with plenty of beauty, hard to pick which one i like the best…nice work thanks for posting…BC

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itsmic

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#3 posted 05-23-2012 12:17 AM

WOW, that Spalted is crazy fantastic, those are some fine examples of natures best, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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dustysawyer

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#4 posted 05-23-2012 12:52 AM

Nice boxes and an artistic way of displaying the three wood types. I would like to mimic the design for a tea box. Could you briefly describe the method used to match the tapered legs with the sides , lid connection, and any joinery not visible?

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 01:04 AM

3 beautiful boxes. The cracked birdseye is my favorite ( you did a super job on the bowties).

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

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JL7

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 01:13 AM

jaykapur, BC, itsmac – appreciate the comments! That piece of spalted maple really is spectacular. I’ve had it for awhile now, but it was not much bigger than it is now…..so what to do with it? It’s always hard (for me) to commit these really bits to a project, but sometimes you just have to go for it….:)

dustysawyer – thanks. The legs were started from 3/4 square stock and 2 pieces cut from each over length piece. This is the only photo I have (from my phone):

Used a straight bit on the router table to cut the rabbets, chisels to square the inside corners and the disc sander to taper all four sides.

Built the Paduak/Purpleheart box after the other two (no photos) but the feet turned out better in proportion than the photo above. Learned a little from the first two.

Basic boxes are mitered corners and 1/8” saw kerf for a floating baltic birch bottom. Lids have rabbets on 4 sides on the router table and a friction fit. Really basic.

Hope this helps.

gfadvm – Appreciate the kind words from a real box master…...thanks.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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ShaneA

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#7 posted 05-23-2012 01:35 AM

Jeff, this is what I am talking about. Put some of that lumber pile to great use. Beautiful wood and great boxes. Each one is amazing, hard to pick a favorite.

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Dave

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#8 posted 05-23-2012 01:37 AM

Oh man, I see all kinds of joinery, dutchman and amazing looking wood. Jeff a craftsman you are sir. Very well done.
You have outdone yourself Again!
Magnificent joinery!
My wife was impressed as well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#9 posted 05-23-2012 01:51 AM

Hey Shane and Dave – Appreciate it! That little piece of Birdseye should look mighty familiar…..and thanks to Mrs. SuperDave as well….appreciate that too. Dave – no mega joinery here, except for those dutchman….funny, I found a video on this site that shows exactly how it’s done…...let me see, it was superdav721…..oh wait, that’s you! thanks man!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 02:08 AM

No, thank you.
She really hollered out loud. She rarely does that as much as I am on here and as much as she sees. Quote ” oh my I love the tops of those boxes.”

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#11 posted 05-23-2012 02:13 AM

Dave – tell Mrs. SD that really makes my day! But remember (for your sake) you get credit for the dutchman idea…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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eddie

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#12 posted 05-23-2012 02:26 AM

Jeff those are some beautiful boxes.that finish you got that wood poping out at ya. that Birdseye Hard Maple is one pretty wood ,dont see it often. Spalted Soft Maple it pretty too. i got to go find that video ,thanks Jeff

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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JL7

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#13 posted 05-23-2012 02:38 AM

Thanks Eddie – I had a pretty lucky find of Birdseye recently – this project was a little warm up to see how it cleans up…more things planned, we’ll see how that goes! Appreciate the kind words.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#14 posted 05-23-2012 03:11 AM

Quite Fantastic, Jeff!

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#15 posted 05-23-2012 03:24 AM

JL7- Andy, Greg, Roger Bean, Martyn, et al are master box makers. I still have a learner’s permit! All of those frame top boxes I posted recently came about due to a small piece of wood that was cool but too small to make anything out of. I even resaw those small pieces to make them go further!

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

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