The Redwood? Box

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Project by robert triplett posted 06-25-2012 04:00 PM 1925 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend near Chico, Ca gave me a piece of this wood. He says it’s Redwood, but it could be Fir. Whatever it is, It has great figure/ grain to it. I made this box with some Curly Redwood for the top. These are some pictures I took while at a blue grass festival where someone bought the box. I was in a hurry to finish some boxes and did not take good photos at home. The box is about 6” tall x 9” long x 5” wide. Watco Danish Oil for a finish. I have enough of this wood for two more boxes, but my friend says he has a little more. The depth in the curl is really amazing, especially in the bright sunshine. The box is nothing special in design, but the wood sure is. I gave some to Dennis Hunter and he used it in our contest box as a contrast to the other Redwood.

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

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 04:11 PM

Robert, nice job! Yhat is some really cool grain and color on that. What ever wood it is, very cool.
I can see why it sold so quickly!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 04:26 PM

This special graining appears to be Redwod that was under compression. That is condition is not uncommon near the base of larger redwood trees.
Absolutely ‘Beaut-E-Muss’ application.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 04:47 PM

That is some crazy grain. Nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 04:58 PM

Beautiful work! You made the right choice making the box simple and letting the curl shine!


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

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 07:48 PM

Wow..that is beautiful box!!!!!!!!!!!............Jim

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

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 08:06 PM

Gret job and great wood.

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

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 09:01 PM

Wow! grain!

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 11:47 PM

Mother Nature rules !!
Nice job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 06-26-2012 01:05 AM

That is some very fancy redwood! And ya done good on the box as well. The splines are subtle and everything focuses on the amazing grain. Old Doug Fir has a very chacteristic smell when sawed to me. Redwood much less so. Agree?

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

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robert triplett

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#10 posted 06-26-2012 02:30 AM

I did try to tell by smell, but the smell was too faint. Kind of like a 2×4-sort of. The guy who has more of this is 2 hours away over the mountains, by so is anyone else with wood besides fir and pine!! I guess it is worth a road trip. I need some more Purpleheart and Padauk too. Thanks for the comments. I do like pretty wood!

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

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#11 posted 06-26-2012 03:04 AM

yes this is really an amazing piece of wood, i think i would call it “over the river and through the woods”..its just that up and down wavy thing….i would for sure make a road trip and get what is left of this…some things are just worth it,i really love it when the wood is the center of the project and not design…good job here…grizz

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#12 posted 06-26-2012 05:25 AM

Exceptional grain. You have made the most of it, sometimes some pieces of wood decide what you do with it and this is one of those results.

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

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#13 posted 06-26-2012 11:26 AM

That is surely beautiful. Wow! That side panel looks super with those splines. Nice wood combo for that

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

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#14 posted 06-26-2012 03:08 PM

Wow Robert…that is great looking. That grain gives it the look of being sculpted..Nice...!

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

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#15 posted 06-26-2012 03:17 PM

Fantastic grain! I’m quite sure it’s redwood. Compare it to this redwood turning I did a while back.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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