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Spalted Ash Jewelry Box with Necklace Drawer Mitered corners also cut with bandsaw.

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Project by Blackie_ posted 689 days ago 2295 views 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Ladies Jewelry Box out of spalted Arizona Ash wrapped around Alder as the core. I picked this wood up while still as a log from curb side waiting for limb pickup from the neighborhood, I then stuck it in my spalting pile for a few months. I found this wood to be a bit difficult to work with due to it’s softness. I combined the traditional mitered cornered sides with the bandsaw box then added a spalted ash top and bottom, it has 6 drawers with one being a necklace drawer and a hidden drawer it measures, 12” H x 7” W x 6” D.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed viewing.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 689 days ago

Randy, that is really beautiful.

-- 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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woodshaver

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#2 posted 689 days ago

You never cease to amaze me! Do you dream these up in your sleep! I love every one you make! This one has a nice top on it. I like the grain and the silmple little handels. You do fantastic work Blackie!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodworm

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#3 posted 689 days ago

It looks cool….!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 689 days ago

Thanks everyone WS actually I create as I go, most of the time nothing is planed I just think of these things as I go along.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 689 days ago

I’m still kicking around leaving it as is or flocking it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 689 days ago

Blackie, I like your newest idea of the necklace drawer. The top and bottom are another innovation that I have not seen in your work. You really have become adept at this unique form of hybrid box.

Be careful around the dust from spalted wood. You can become highly allergic to it, but this is beautiful work…as always. On softer spalted wood like this I usually soak it with two or three coats of urethane before I start to sand and final finish. It helps to stabilize it.

You are really being productive. Thanks for taking us along on your creative journey. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 689 days ago

Thanks Big Al, I’m pretty good about making sure I turn on my DC before any cutting and I ware a dust-b-gone mask to boot, thanks on that info as well, on this box what I did before I put a finish on it after the tung oil, I wiped on a light coat of Min-Wax conditioner to keep the finish from blotching and also keeping the finish from being overly absorbed into the wood, I have to be careful when using the conditioner though as it makes the wood swell and also causes the glue bonds to come apart if I’m not careful.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Donna Menke

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#8 posted 689 days ago

This is a super nice box, Randy. I like the proportions and distribution of drawers. Your production values keep on improving. Very refined- good job.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Roger

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#9 posted 689 days ago

Wow, Randy. I like this one. Ditto what Donna said.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 689 days ago

Randy that is a cool piece. You are so good!! I can’t see any of the cuts to the next opening!!
That should sell right away if it has not already!!
............Jim

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

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reider

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#11 posted 689 days ago

Randy, very well done! I’m new here and haven’t had the time to check out all of your projects yet but if they are in the same ball park as this one it will be a pleasure to view them. Great imagination to be able to design as you build.

Reider

-- Reider

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 689 days ago

Another home run! How long did you wait on the wood to do this? :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 688 days ago

Thomas, I’m guessing around 6 months in that range.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Kookaburra

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#14 posted 688 days ago

I’d leave the drawers as is. But I like to see the wood :-) I am just loving the spalted wood. What percent of your log were you able to use? – just a ballpark on how much waste you end up with doing it yourself.

A very nice piece.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 688 days ago

Kay, I lose about an inch on each side of the log. also depends on how wide my slices are. I think this was around a 14” dia log, I sliced each at around 1” thick.

Thanks again everyone.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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