friendly contest, Dennis and Robert your votes count

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Project by robert triplett posted 06-06-2012 02:34 AM 1961 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dennis,( of Dennis and Laura, fellow Lumberjocks) and I decided to have a friendly contest and each build a box starting with the same piece of Redwood. We could add any other woods and do any style of box. Then I got sick from the little darlings at school and just now finished mine. The Redwood we started with is on the sides came and the Birdseye Maple seemed to add some nice contrast. I used Redwood Burl and Big Leaf Maple Burl for the top. The bottom is from thin Claro Walnut that was a gift from Allen of MilwaukeeWoodworks. Watco Natural Danish Oil for the finish. I may spray a couple of coats of Poly on later. It is about 9” x 6” x 6”. Let us know which you like best. No hurt feelings either way. I have been building boxes longer than Dennis, but he is doing well in a short time.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 02:42 AM

Its a tie as far as I can see. Really

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 02:48 AM

A tie in my eyes. The kinds of boxes you guys make are what I strive to accomplish.

Robert, the lid and splines really make this for me. Good job.

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

#3 posted 06-06-2012 02:49 AM

Robert you have my vote you always build great boxes. I am very glad you turned me on to making boxes. I really like the top allot and your sides look great. Were is the live edge LOL. I am glad we met and you can deal with me through all my questions I seem to ask. Thanks for this challenge it was fun. Your friend always Dennis

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 02:59 AM

I hate being put on the spot!!!! However, since you did it to me…..
Robert, from my perspective I do think I really like your box, it is just beautiful !!
I love the burl in the top and the wood combinations you used are perfect….

Having said that, Dennis, your box is also fantastic! You said to post here on Roberts project so…..
I love the grain in the Redwood that you used, it is just beautiful. You are right up there and sooooooo
close to Roberts….. just my humble 2 cents worth….

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 03:20 AM

I have to call it a tie as well. I love the top on Roberts box and the sides on Dennis’. Both are very nice and I would be proud to be the maker of either one.

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

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#6 posted 06-06-2012 03:28 AM

i’m tied too

both boxes are very well made
just different styles

both are winners in their own way

so i guess we wait for the next round

that sure is some beautiful wood

well done both

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 06-06-2012 03:32 AM

just had a thought

how about you both do this again
and using your own designs
see who comes closest to the others work
while still keeping these designs included

you might meet in the middle somewhere

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 06-06-2012 03:37 AM

I love the idea behind your contest, as well as the two boxes you made. Choosing between them is a matter of taste, not a judgement on craftmanship for you are both exelent woodworkers.
Since I prefer blondes my vote goes to Robert. The wood he added gives the box a lighter appearance.

-- Douwe

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#9 posted 06-06-2012 03:58 AM

Gene, i have access to more wood than Dennis. Like the trip to the Woodcraft Swap meet. I do share with Dennis, just not the good stuff!!! I have also been paying attention to you and other box makers here.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 06-06-2012 04:01 AM

Mr. Triplett!:)

Sorry to here you got sick!

I too love the idea behind your contest, a great way to make your skill sharper while having fun. I love your secondary wood choices and am amazed that you put the figured Claro in the bottom. That makes opening the box a treat! The top is very well thought through with the raised portion. After reviewing them both, and considering them carefully, my vote rests on your box. Well done sir.

Keep up the good work. I hope you are feeling better!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 06-06-2012 05:43 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 06-06-2012 08:44 AM

its to hard to pick i see fine wood work in both,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 06-06-2012 12:07 PM

That maple burl is cheating.
But I love it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 06-06-2012 12:20 PM

I see this way both of these boxes look great .Can only hope to make something as nice as these soo it’s a tie

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#15 posted 06-06-2012 12:33 PM

Kool little contest. You both are winners. You both have gr8 boxes, designs, details. My .02

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

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