Walnut Recipe Box

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Project by jbschutz posted 06-01-2012 02:03 AM 1639 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut and Maple Recipe box. My niece got married in Jamaica this winter, and my brother….her dad…...decided she needed a good start on learning to cook. I have done two other recipe boxes with the same linked ring design on the lid, and it seems to play well. The box is sized to fit 4×6 cards, and the spring steel wires keep them upright. The rings, splines and lid band are birds eye maple. The lid is hinged with brass hinges, and the box is finished with hand-rubbed poly and then waxed.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 06-01-2012 02:19 AM

JB always nice to see you work and especially these thoughtful gifts. Your niece will always treasure this box as a family heirloom hope the wife put some of her favorites recipes in the box’s as well. My best wishes to the newly weds thanks for sharing and caring your friend in woodworking Wilson aka Blkcherry

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#2 posted 06-01-2012 07:56 AM


Nicely crafted with a distinct style. The band of maple is a sweet touch. You don’t have a good shot of the top so it is hard for me to know for sure, but were the rings made on a lathe, or drill press or a scroll saw or a band saw? I can see where you could do this in several ways.

What keeps the arched wires from spinning in the box?

-- Big Al in IN

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will delaney

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#3 posted 06-01-2012 10:40 AM

That is a real nice recipe box. The splines give it a nice finishing touch. I’m sure see will love it and keep her ackee and saltfish and jerk chicken recipes in it.

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#4 posted 06-01-2012 11:28 AM

This is very nicely done. Like the rings on the top, and all other fine details. Super

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 06-01-2012 02:47 PM

looks sharp.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#6 posted 06-01-2012 04:28 PM

Well done! The design and wood combinations are really attractive. Should be very well received.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 06-02-2012 01:40 AM

Very nice ! I’m going to steal the stainless steel rod idea. And the linked rings make this special. You have inspired me to dust off my antique scroll saw and try linked letters/initials. Thanks.

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

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#8 posted 06-02-2012 06:05 AM

Nice box, nice rings on top. Sure I would be happy with such present.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-02-2012 02:56 PM

Nice box John. Like the detail on the lid. The ideal of the stainless rods as card separators is a good one.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#10 posted 06-02-2012 05:50 PM

Great Job !

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 06-05-2012 05:27 PM

I have been a little busy lately, so I just saw this.

Great job—I’m sure she is thrilled with it

Thanks for sharing


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#12 posted 06-05-2012 05:31 PM

This is a real pretty box. I love the wood and the round corners.


-- 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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