Arkansas Cherry

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Project by gfadvm posted 750 days ago 1905 views 6 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some of you may remember the Arkansas cherry table I posted a while back. This box is from the same carpenter ant infested logs. Dimensions:12×7x4 1/2”. Pegged box joints. Live edge ‘Shipwright’ wooden hinge 3/8” thick. Finished with BLO and shellac. Large ant hole in the front filled with epoxy/Jatoba sanding dust. It is sitting on top of some freshly sawn mulberry and elm planks. Can’t wait for that mulberry to dry!

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

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#1 posted 750 days ago

Great looking box. I like the looks of the top, but I would have been afraid to use it for fear it will eventually come apart. With all of the interesting grain the box looks like it should have a story to tell.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 750 days ago

That is downright nice looking Andy. I really like the grain on the top and your box joints are always top notch.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#3 posted 750 days ago

Some very nice grain there Andy. You have the hinge making down to a fine art!,

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

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#4 posted 750 days ago

Dan- It is all very solid and I promise it ain’t coming apart! A favorable comment from Greg and Ruddy just made my day. You guys are my heros.

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

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#5 posted 750 days ago

That’s a nice looking box. I really like the arkansas cherry, and I’m always a fan of shipwright hinges.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 750 days ago

Well now ain’t that just a cherry of a box :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#7 posted 750 days ago

Looks pretty solid to me.
In fact it looks just plain pretty.
Another nice one Andy

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 750 days ago

That’s one fine looking box! The wood is beautiful and those box joints are outstanding. I love the hinge. I want to try that sometime.

Great work!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#9 posted 750 days ago

Yea I’m with Ron, I’d like to give that a go as well, really nice work Andy, also along with the so many others that I’ve seen here on LJ.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 750 days ago


As usual you have managed to really bring out the beauty in the grain and pattern in the wood you have to work with. You have perfected the hinge. Do you have a special jig? Seems like I remember some kind of box joint jig you do this with. How do you figure how deep to cut the slot for the pin? What…no carving on this?

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 750 days ago

What a great box very cool figure ,super hinge and excellent workmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 750 days ago

Great job andy, that box looks well made and sturdy. I love the idea of using our native timbers. Don’t get me wrong, I love woods from all over the world and use them often in my projects , but I think that some of our native woods are under appreciated, yes I realize that cherry, along with maple and walnut from north america have been a staple in furniture making for centuries, but I believe that it does’nt have to come from Pennsylvania to be of usable quality. I’ve used these same species that grow right here in east texas , and haven’t had a problem with quality. Anyway enough of my ranting. again great job.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#13 posted 750 days ago

Very cool I love seeing your boxes . You have probably done more of these hinges than Paul , not that it matters . I still have to finish one.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#14 posted 750 days ago

I really like that wood. Excellent use of the grain.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#15 posted 750 days ago

you were lucky to be able to work with this same wood again, cherry is one of my favorties, and itds real beauty sure does shine in this box you made of it..great job andy…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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